Rabbinical Council of America

NJ Orthodox Shul Announces Hire Of Woman Using ‘Rabbi’ Title

01/12/2016 - 12:06

An Orthodox synagogue in New Jersey has hired Lila Kagedan, the first Yeshivat Maharat graduate to go by the title “rabbi.”

Lila Kagedan is the first Yeshivat Maharat graduate to go by the title “rabbi.” JTA

On Restating That Women Rabbis Are Taboo

11/02/2015 - 19:00

One can only wonder at the single-minded focus and dedication of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the largest body of Orthodox rabbis in North America, to passionately pursue, comment on and pass resolutions on the key issues facing Modern Orthodoxy, and perhaps American and world Jewry today.

In Israel, Women Get Smicha, Prompting RCA To Reaffirm Its Ban

Orthodox feminists respond with 1,000 signatures on petition supporting leadership roles for women.

11/02/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Rabbinical Council of America, the largest group of Orthodox rabbis, reaffirmed its position against the ordination of women in a resolution issued on Friday that reiterated nearly identical statements made in 2010 and 2013.

Yeshivat Maharat awards smicha to its graduates in June 2015. Courtesy of Yeshivat Maharat.

Rabbinical Council Of America Officially Bans Ordination And Hiring Of Women Rabbis

11/01/2015 - 19:00

The Rabbinical Council of America, the main modern Orthodox rabbinical group, formally adopted a policy prohibiting the ordination or hiring of women rabbis.

Israeli women of the Women of the Wall organization praying just outside the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City. JTA

At LGBT Memorial Service, Orthodox Add To The Rainbow

RCA’s Rabbi Mark Dratch points to communal responsibility, says not the time to ‘retreat’ into defensive mode.

08/10/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Sean Herzfeld, an openly gay Orthodox teenager from Westchester County, heard about Shira Banki, the 16-year-old who was stabbed and killed by a charedi protestor at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade, he felt scared.

A service for Shira Banki, the 16-year-old killed at Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade. Courtesy of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

Judge Upholds Sentence Of Mikvah-Peeping Rabbi

08/02/2015 - 20:00

A judge upheld the 6 1/2-year prison term of Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington, D.C., rabbi who secretly videotaped dozens of women undressing in the mikvah.

New Direction For GPS

07/07/2015 - 20:00

Sparked by a scandal over a prominent rabbi’s mistreatment of conversion candidates, a review of conversion practices in the Orthodox community by a special committee of the Rabbinical Council of America has resulted in a series of helpful recommendations to make the experience more user-friendly. (See story, page 10.)

Rabbinical Council Of America Conversion Panel Issues Recommendations

07/05/2015 - 20:00

A committee established by the Rabbinical Council of America to review its conversion processes has submitted its report featuring recommendations in nine areas of the process.

The Riskin Row: Crossroads For Modern Orthodoxy?

07/05/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Consider the following public statements:

“The International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), an Orthodox rabbinic organization with over 180 members, is appalled … by media reports that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel is threatening to not renew Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s appointment as Chief Rabbi of Efrat. At a time when American Jewish communities of all denominations are growing increasingly pessimistic about the rigidity and narrowness of the rabbinate and its policies, Rabbi Riskin remains one of the few reasons to be hopeful that a more inclusive and humane approach to halacha is still possible in the State.”

Dov S. Zakheim, left; Steven Bayme

In Protest, Rabbi Avi Weiss Leaves RCA

Cites failure of Orthodox rabbinic group to admit Chovevei Torah graduates.

06/29/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Avi Weiss, the maverick Modern Orthodox spiritual leader who has distanced himself from that movement in recent decades by forming his own “Open Orthodox” rabbinical school and ordaining women, this week cut his ties with Modern Orthodoxy’s mainstream rabbinical group in protest.

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