Chief Rabbinate

Private Conversions Causing Stir

New effort seen as rebuke to Chief Rabbinate.

08/18/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Growing up in Belarus, Natya was considered Jewish because of her Jewish father — the son of Holocaust survivors.

Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch, center in suit, during a session of the new conversion court. Courtesy of Itim

Chief Rabbi Lau: No Intention To Remove Rabbi Riskin From His Job

06/10/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The Chief Rabbinate has no intention of removing Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his position, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said.

In Israel, Biblical Land-Use Laws Call For Creative Workarounds

09/30/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem - On Friday (Oct. 3), when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their produce during this agricultural sabbatical year.

In a first, Israeli women take test for kosher supervisor

05/08/2014 - 20:00

Nine women took the Chief Rabbinate’s exam to be kosher inspectors — the first time females were permitted to take the test.

A Three-Star Kashrut System

Israel is overhauling its certification arm to reduce graft.

02/03/2014 - 19:00

JERUSALEM — Plans to overhaul kosher certification services offered by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate include having different levels of certification and outside companies employ the supervisors.

Israel's chief rabbinate in 1959. Many Israelis don't trust the rabbinate's kashrut system today. Wikimedia Commons

AJC Taking On The Chief Rabbinate

Plan is to form broad coalitions here and in Israel to limit clout of the rabbis’ monopoly.

01/21/2014 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

As dissatisfaction with the Israeli Chief Rabbinate intensifies, the American Jewish Committee is heading up an unprecedented effort to form a broad coalition, here and in Israel, to limit, if not end, the rabbis’ authority.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate, meeting in 1959. Wikimedia Commons

Does The U.S. Now Have A Chief Rabbinate?

The RCA, a professional institution, must nurture its relationship with Israel's Rabbinate.

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel recently made headlines for the wrong reasons once again. Until a recent agreement was reached, it had refused to accept letters from Rabbi Avi Weiss and other American Orthodox rabbis attesting to the Jewishness of congregants seeking to wed in Israel. As a result, numerous organizations and prominent individuals, in Israel and the U.S., each with its own plan to reform, weaken, improve, or dismantle the Rabbanut [Chief Rabbinate], stood up for Rabbi Weiss and called on the Rabbanut to accept him. Ultimately, the Rabbanut agreed to accept Rabbi Weiss’s testimony and also to accept automatically any letter of testimony that has been approved by the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest association of Orthodox rabbis in the world.

Rabbinate Reverses

Rabbinate acknowledges Avi Weiss' authority; Weiss insists they recognize all American Orthodox rabbis.

01/14/2014 - 19:00

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel will accept letters confirming individuals’ Judaism from Avi Weiss, a New York liberal Orthodox rabbi, but that's not quite enough for Rabbi Weiss and his colleagues, according to a statement.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, here at a vigil for victims of a train derailment, has been challenged by the rabbinate. Getty Images

Fresh Skirmish In ‘Who Is A Jew’ Wars

Chief Rabbinate rejects letter from leading U.S. Orthodox rabbi vouching for couple’s Jewishness.
10/15/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — In a slap in the face to diaspora rabbis, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate has rejected the word of one of American Jewry’s most well-known Orthodox rabbis, who in a letter was attesting to the Jewishness and single status of an American Jewish couple wishing to marry in Israel, The Jewish Week has learned.

Rabbi Avi Weiss

Calls For Change To Chief Rabbinate

The rabbis have too much power over Americans' religious lives.
12/10/2012 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

An election takes place in the coming year in Israel that will have an impact on the life of every Jew in the world. And unlike the Jan. 22 vote to determine the next Knesset and prime minister, this one comes only once a decade.

Gary Rosenblatt
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