Rabbi David Rosen studied in yeshivot in Israel where he received his smichah(ordination) after which he served as chaplain (rav zva’i) of the IDF in West Sinai. In 1973 he became the senior rabbi of the largest Orthodox congregation in South Africa in Sea Point Cape Town and was a member of the Cape Beth Din (Jewish Ecclesiastical Court.) Subsequently he was appointed Chief Rabbi of Ireland.
He returned to Israel in 1985 and assumed the position of Dean of the Sapir Centre for Jewish Education and Culture and was Professor of Jewish Studies at the Jerusalem Centre for Near Eastern Studies. He also served as the Anti-Defamation League’s Liaison to the Vatican and was part of the team that negotiated the establishment of full bilateral relation between the State of Israel and the Vatican.
He is currently the International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the AJC and its Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding. He is a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s Committee for Interreligious Dialogue and represent the Chief Rabbinate on the Steering Committee of the Council of Heads of Religions in Israel and on the Council of the Religious Institutions of the Holy Land.
He occupies many honorary positions in the field of international interfaith relations, including International President of the all-encompassing global interfaith body, the World Conference of Religions for Peace; and is the Jewish member of the Board of Directors of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) established by the King of Saudi Arabia together with the governments of Austria and Spain with the support of the Holy See. He is a past chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC, which represents world Jewry to other world religious bodies.)
His awards for interfaith work include a papal knighthood and a CBE from Queen Elizabeth II.