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Community Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister

Schlomo Hofmeister studied history, politics and social sciences and completed his university studies with a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

After many years of study in Yerushalayim, including at the "Mirer Yeshive" as well as in the Beit Hora'a of Rav Moshe Halberstam זצ״ל, he received several semichot after the relevant examinations in various areas of the Shulchan Aruch. He was taught by,  various rabbies including Rav Moshe Sternbuch שליט״א, the Av Beit Din of Jerusalem and was ordained by Rav Avrohom Kopshitz זצ״ל as a full rabbi.

As part of his traditional rabbinic training, he learned safrut and received official certifications as a mohel, shochet and bodek. After his nomination by Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu שליט״א and the European Beit Din (EBD), he was appointed as a permanent member of the Board of the European Rabbinical Conference in 2012. Among other positions, he has been the President of the European Mohalim Association since 2013, inspector for Jewish religious education in Austria since 2014, the Provincial Rabbi of Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and Carinthia since 2016, the official Rabbi of the Austrian Armed Forces since 2017, and the special representative of the European Rabbinical Conference against Right-Wing Extremism in Europe since 2019.

Rabbi Hofmeister has been the community rabbi of Vienna since 2008 and, in addition to his numerous tasks in the rabbinate, is independently responsible for all rabbinic contacts and official representations to Austrian and European authorities and political institutions, all interreligious contacts, as well as being the contact person for socio-political issues in the media and the Austrian public.