An electoral convention is scheduled between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Thursday at Jerusalem's Leonardo Hotel to determine the ten rabbis - five Ashkenazic and five Sephardic - who will serve on the Chief Rabbinate Council for the next five years. There are six Ashkenazic candidates and eight Sephardic candidates. Other positions on the council are determined by posts in the rabbinate.
The turnout for the convention is expected to be less than was the case for the recent election of the chief rabbis. The Supreme Court rejected a request by the state to defer the rabbinical election until after local elections, which would have a bearing on the delegates taking part in the vote. An apparent deal between factions will apparently maintain the current composition of the council.