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  • 200 protest at Chief Rabbinate’s office over rejection of Lookstein conversion

    July 6, 2016 | 12:43 pm

    About 200 demonstrators protested next to the offices of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as a hearing took place about the legitimacy of a conversion conducted by the prominent American Orthodox Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Rabbinical Court heard the appeal of a...

  • Israeli Chief Rabbinate rejects conversion performed by Haskel Lookstein

    June 23, 2016 | 3:41 pm

    The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has deemed invalid a conversion performed by Haskel Lookstein, one of America’s most prominent modern Orthodox rabbis.

    Lookstein is the former rabbi of Kehilath Jeshurun, a modern Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side that counts...

  • Israeli Chief Rabbinate: Freundel’s conversions are valid

    October 21, 2014 | 10:15 am

    The Israeli Chief Rabbinate said it will recognize all past conversions performed by Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington rabbi charged with voyeurism.

    On Tuesday, the Rabbinate clarified that it was joining the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America in affirming the validity of...

  • Another peace process: Judaism in Israel vs. Judaism in America

    By David Suissa

    February 13, 2013 | 8:21 am

    While the Jewish world has focused for decades on the Arab-Israeli conflict, it has given far less attention to an equally important conflict: the conflict between Judaism in Israel and Judaism in America. Everywhere I turn, I see more signs of the growing religious schism between...

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbinate facing new wave of criticism and calls for change

    July 9, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    The latest battle over religious pluralism in Israel has unleashed a new barrage of criticism and calls for reform aimed at the Orthodox-controlled Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Unlike major flare-ups in past decades, however, this time it’s not just the Reform and Conservative...