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The Conference of European Rabbis Will only Recognize Conversions in Rabbinical Courts

For the first time in Israel, the Conference of European Rabbis dealt with the issue of establishing uniform criteria and cooperation for all European batei din and their counterparts in Israel. The conference, which was led by the European Gavad HaRav Chanoch Ehrentreu, affirmed a group of important decisions including: "The Conference will only recognize conversions and rulings passed by local recognized and important batei din. Rabbonim and members of the Conference will be obligated to reject outside rabbonim and their conversions. No conversion will be made in places where there lacks a solid infrastructure of religious communal life where converts can maintain a proper life of Torah and mitzvos. An international data base will be created which will be accessible to the batei din in Israel and abroad in order to cement joint activity between those courts in Europe."

Rav Rubin



Purity, Not a Degree — Answers about Academic Study in Israel

Almost 20,000 high school girls took part in a kennes held in Jerusalem's Arena and in broadcast locations around the country. The main message of the rabbonim was that girls should stick to the established chinuch institutions for their education. Among the warnings about straying from the established derech was also the announcement that the rabbonim are working hard to find paths to parnossoh in a kosher way for the many thousands of young women who are the mainstays of their Torah homes.

Rav Rubin



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The Rise of Orthodox American Jewry

According to Professor Steven Cohen, a well known researcher of American Jewish demographics (he is a professor at HUC-JIR and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University), the American Jewish Orthodox population is exploding, while the non-Orthodox Jewish population is declining very quickly.

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