Limiting Prague Conversions
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
The Vaad Haolami LeInyonei Giyur founded by HaRav Chaim
Kreiswirth zt"l met with CER representatives to relate
serious faults in conversions performed in various part of
Europe, particularly Prague, where a group of so-called
rabbis from Eretz Yisroel operates a wholesale conversion
apparatus in the city under the aegis of a local rabbi.
Although the Chief Rabbinate of Israel issued a letter
stating these conversions are not recognized, the group
continues to travel to Prague to engage in false conversions.
Today the Jewish community in Prague is so small and weak
that performing proper halachically-binding conversions is
nearly impossible since the city lacks a suitable framework
for Jewish life.
The Vaad Haolami LeInyonei Giyur was unable to participate in
the CER conference, but leading CER figures agreed to have
all local figures sign an agreement, like the one recently
signed in Riga, pledging that conversion issues would be
handled only at an upstanding beis din under CER
supervision and Prague rabbis would prevent other figures
from dealing with conversion affairs in the city.