Rabbinical Council of America

Freundel-Related Lawsuit Ads RCA As Defendant

12/19/2014
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Washington — A lawsuit arising out of allegations of voyeurism at a Washington D.C. ritual bath added the Rabbinical Council of America as a defendant.

Jewish Groups Lend Legal Support To Hijab-Wearing Teen Denied Job

When Abercrombie & Fitch said the head scarf was a no-go, Jewish groups responded.

12/16/2014
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Should an American business be allowed to deny a job to a Muslim teenager who wears a hijab head covering for religious reasons?

Jewish groups lend legal support to Hijab-wearing teen. Getty Images.

Rabbis Condemn N.J. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s Anti-Arab Rhetoric

11/26/2014
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A growing chorus of Orthodox leaders are speaking out against the anti-Arab rhetoric of a prominent New Jersey rabbi, Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck.

'Several Women' Invited To Join Board Of RCA Beth Din

11/12/2014
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Two weeks after the Rabbinical Council of America appointed a new conversion committee with five women, Dr. Michelle Friedman of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah announced her acceptance to the Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Chovevei’s Michelle Friedman is now on Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Rabbi Rebuked For ‘Nazi’ Reference

RCA says Teaneck leader's use of ‘Der Sturmer’ to criticize The Jewish Week ‘crosses the line of decency.’

11/11/2014
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The president of the Rabbinical Council of America this week issued a rebuke to a colleague for making comments that appeared to compare The Jewish Week to Der Sturmer, the official and virulently anti-Semitic Nazi newspaper.

Rabbi Leonard Matanky, right, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Rabbi Steven Pruzansky.

RCA Forms Committee To Review Conversion Process In Wake Of Freundel Scandal

10/29/2014
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The Rabbinical Council of America has formed a committee to review its conversion process in the wake of the arrest on voyeurism charges of one of its leading conversion rabbis.

Environmental Concerns Rooted In Torah

10/08/2014
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Gary Rosenblatt expresses frustration about the absence of Jewish education in showing how a
commitment to protecting the environment is rooted in Jewish tradition (“An Inconvenient Truth,” Editor’s column, Sept. 26).

American Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder Of Arab Teen

07/08/2014
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The murder of a Palestinian teenager allegedly by Jewish extremists has drawn widespread condemnations from across the ideological spectrum of the organized Jewish world.

Determining The Movement's Parameters

Modern Orthodoxy is modern, but it is also Orthodox, writes a Yeshiva University professor.

03/24/2014

Steven Bayme, whose devotion to serving the Jewish community over a long career deserves the highest regard, has written an Opinion piece (“Modern Orthodoxy at the Crossroads,” The Jewish Week, March 7) that requires the attention of everyone concerned about the future of this critically important movement.

Zysman Hall at Yeshiva University. Wikimedia Commons

Not A Proud Moment For The RCA In Dealing With The Chief Rabbinate

02/10/2014
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The setting was the annual dinner of the SAR Academy, a leading Modern Orthodox day school in Riverdale, enrolling over 1000 students from homes throughout the tri-state area. SAR’s long-standing school president closed the evening by applauding Rabbi Avi Weiss for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the Jewish people in the face of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s efforts to delegitimate him. A standing ovation ensued. For one evening, at least, grass-roots Modern Orthodoxy had spoken out in unequivocal opposition to the senseless and arbitrary actions of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate council, 1959. Wikimedia Commons
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