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  • For prospective Orthodox converts, process marked by fear and uncertainty

    October 28, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    Tzipporah Laura LaFianza and her family have been living as Orthodox Jews for four years now. They reside in a heavily Jewish suburb of Washington, go to shul every Shabbat and keep a strictly kosher kitchen.

    But they’re not Jewish — yet.

    A prospective Orthodox convert,...

  • Husband of Rivky Stein fails to show for get proceedings

    August 7, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    The husband of Rivky Stein, a New York Jewish woman who launched a social media campaign to attain a religious divorce, did not appear at the religious court as promised.

    Yoel Weiss, 31, failed to show up at a beit din, or Jewish religious court, convened on Wednesday to complete...

  • How to become a Jew

    May 8, 2013 | 11:40 am

    1. ENROLL IN A CONVERSION PROGRAM

    There are a variety of options for how to begin the process, but all involve study with a rabbi. Some people study with an individual rabbi for a period of time, and other people enroll in group classes designed especially for converts.

    People...

  • Public Court Battle Erupts Over Possession of Torahs

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 11, 2009 | 5:38 am

    Rita Pauker wants her Torah scrolls back. After years of asking and begging, she has resorted to the courts to reclaim ownership of four Torah scrolls she says were owned by her husband. She wants to bequeath them to their nephews, who are Orthodox pulpit rabbis.

    Rabbi Samuel Ohana...

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  • Pluralistic rabbinical court seeks new funding; InterfaithFamily.com marks 200th issue

    By Amy Klein

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Pluralistic Rabbinical Court Seeks New Funding

    The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California, a local pluralistic religious court dealing with conversions, went on hiatus Jan. 1 due to lack of funding.

    The beit din was founded in 2002 by George Caplan, in memory of...

  • Religious Court Serves as First Resort

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In downtown Los Angeles, three judges are deciding a case involving tens of millions of dollars and dozens of properties.

    The judges aren't dressed in robes or seated behind wooden podiums with a court reporter close at hand. Instead, the three bearded rabbis are sitting in a small...

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