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19 Shevat 5767 - February 7, 2007 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Historic Conference for Dayanim in the US

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

On Tuesday and Wednesday (11-12 Shvat / January 30-31) a conference for Dayanim sponsored by the Monsey-based Eternal Jewish Family Organization was held in Brooklyn. The conference brought together dayanim from Los Angeles, Montreal, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Monsey and Lakewood, along with rabbonim from Florida, Denver, Baltimore, Houston and Brooklyn. Representatives of the Rabbinical Council of America, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, and the Vaad HaRabbonim Haolami LeInyonei Giyur founded by HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth zt"l also attended.

The conference focused on the importance of setting up a system of established botei dinim made up of talmidei chachomim to deal with all halachic matters including geirus. The conference also stressed the importance of doing all geirus according to the halochoh, without any compromises. Various specific halachic issues were also discussed. The representatives of the eight botei din in attendance agreed to work in full cooperation in order to promote proper standards in geirus matters, and they called upon other organizations to set similar standards for geirus.

Until recently, most conversions in the US were performed by private rabbis without a traditional beis din with three proper dayanim.

The conference was honored by the participation of HaRav Reuven Feinstein, rosh yeshiva of Staten Island and rabbinical chairman of Eternal Jewish Family, and HaRav Aharon Schechter, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin, along with other leading rabbonim from the US. The participants praised Rav Leib Tropper, the rosh yeshiva of Kol Yaakov in Monsey, and chairman of Eternal Jewish Family for his ongoing efforts, and acknowledged with gratitude the continuing support of the Lillian Jean Kaplan Jewish Pride Through Education project.

The following rabbonim attended: Rabbi Yoel Adelman, New York, NY; Rabbi Hershel Berger, Chicago, IL; Rabbi Naftoli Bernstein, Cleveland, OH; Rabbi Yehuda Blum, Cleveland, OH; Rabbi Dov Brisman, Philadelphia, PA; Rabbi Yehuda Cahan, Denver, CO; Rabbi Shalom Chriqui, Montreal, Canada; Rabbi Hillel David, Brooklyn, NY; Rabbi Shmuel Dishon, Brooklyn, NY; Rabbi Asher Ehrentreu, Israel; Rabbi Nochum Eisenstein, Israel; Rabbi Reuven Feinstein, New York, NY; Rabbi Aharon Felder, Philadelphia, PA; Rabbi Mordechai Dov Fine, Scranton, PA; Rabbi Shimon Gertner, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, Baltimore, MD; Rabbi Dovid Jacobs, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Dov Kahan, Lakewood, NJ; Rabbi Yaacov Kapelner, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Amir Krispal, Israel; Rabbi Pesach Lerner, New York, NY; Rabbi David Merling, Montreal, Canada; Rabbi Mordechai Pollack, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Pinchus Rabinowitz, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Ari Rabosky, Lakewood, NJ; Rabbi Shlomo Rybak, New York, NY; Rabbi Aharon Schechter, Brooklyn, NY; Rabbi Mendel Senderovic, Milwaukee, WI; Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik, Chicago, IL; Rabbi Yitzchok Stern, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Leib Tropper, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Avraham Union, Los Angeles, CA; Rabbi Pinchas Weberman, Miami, FL; Rabbi Yisroel Dov Webster, Brooklyn, NY; Rabbi Yonoson Binyomin Weiss, Montreal, Canada; Rabbi Yehoshuah Wender, Houston, TX; Rabbi David Wolpin, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin, Monsey, NY.


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