David Prato

David Prato (1882–1951) was an Italian rabbi and Jewish leader in the early days of the State of Israel. Born in Leghorn, Prato was chief cantor in Florence, rabbi of Alexandria (Egypt) from 1927 to 1936, and chief rabbi of Rome from 1936 to 1938. Conditions became impossible for him when the Fascist regime began its antisemitic policy, and Prato moved to Erets Yisrael. He resumed his post in Rome in 1945. Prato played a prominent part in the administration of the Jewish National Fund and Keren Hayesod in Italy. In 1929 he founded in Alexandria the French-Hebrew review L'Illustration Juive, which was followed by Cahiers Juifs in 1933. He published a prayerbook, Tefilah l'David (1949) and two collections of sermons, Cinque anni di Rabbinato (1933), and Dal pergamo della Comunità di Roma (1950), covering his activities in Rome.