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Israeli Rabbinical Court Revisits Verdict on Conversion

8 Tammuz 5776 – July 13, 2016
The saga of Israeli validation of conversions performed abroad by Orthodox rabbis continues and moves to the next level.

High Court Sides with Rabbinate, Rejects AG Push for ‘Alternative’ Kosher...

1 Sivan 5776 – June 6, 2016
MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) said it was "refreshing to see a conservative approach on the part of the Supreme Court."

Rivlin Embraces Reform and Conservative Jews as Part of ‘One Family’

1 Tevet 5776 – December 12, 2015
Rivlin told the New York UJA Federation," We are all one family" and made it a point to refer to a Consrvative leader as a rabbi.

Rabbi Riskin Hopes the Rabbinate Will Climb Down From Their Tree...

9 Sivan 5775 – May 27, 2015
Rabbi Riskin believes the Rabbinate must be prepared to accept Halachic decisions that aren't Ultra-Orthodox.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to ‘Stay On No Matter What’ Says Efrat...

9 Sivan 5775 – May 26, 2015
Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin plans appeal to Supreme Court over fight to stay in his position; city's mayor also vows support.

Report: Rabbinate May Be Plotting to Dump Rabbi Riskin of Efrat

8 Sivan 5775 – May 25, 2015
The Chief Rabbinate will invite Rabbi Riskin for a hearing on whether to extend his term, ostensibly because of his age but possibly because of his views on conversion.

Rabbis Allow XMas Trees in Kosher Israeli Hotels

19 Adar 5775 – March 9, 2015
Kashruth certification under Israel's Chief Rabbinate at local hotels is going to look -- and be -- vastly different from now on. Heads up, everyone.

Rabbi Metzger to be Indicted for Bribery

22 Shevat 5775 – February 10, 2015
"You shall not pervert justice… and you shall not take a bribe, for bribery blinds the eyes of the wise…" (Deuteronomy, 16:19).

Proposed Conversion Bill, Change in Local Rabbinate Power Nixed by Netanyahu

27 Tishri 5775 – October 21, 2014
A bill that would end the control of the Chief Rabbinate over conversions to Judaism in Israel was nixed Monday by PM Netanyahu.

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Working to Lower Kashrut Costs

26 Sivan 5774 – June 24, 2014
Israel's Chief Rabbinate says it is working on new ways to lower kashrut costs, especially in the dairy industry.

Chief Rabbinate Tests Female Kashrut Supervisors

8 Iyyar 5774 – May 8, 2014
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel today (Wednesday) administered the first official certification exam for women who wish to become kashrut supervisors.

Conversion Reform Bill Advances in Knesset

18 Adar I 5774 – February 18, 2014
A bill that would allow more rabbis to conduct conversions in Israel advanced in the Knesset. The coalition government-backed bill passed its first reading by...

Police Want Rabbi Metzger on Trial for Bribery Charges

13 Adar I 5774 – February 12, 2014
Police from Israel’s Major Crime Unit have recommended that former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger be put on trial for charges of bribery, money...

Knesset Bill to Cut Number of Chief Rabbis by 50%

19 Shevat 5774 – January 20, 2014
It's a step in the right direction. Now let's take the next, obvious step and eliminate it altogether.

Chief Rabbinate Backs Down, Accepts Rabbi Avi Weiss

15 Shevat 5774 – January 15, 2014
The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has come to its sense before letting the damage get out of control.

Jewish Congressman Concerned over Rabbinate Boycott of Avi Weiss Flock

12 Shevat 5774 – January 12, 2014
New York Rep. Eliot L. Engel sent a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu to express his concern over the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s decision to reject...

Sharansky Supporting Rabbi Avi Weiss vs. Rabbinate, RCA

8 Shevat 5774 – January 8, 2014
At last a sane official in this bizarre tale of Haredim vs. Zionists.

Only Bennett Can Solve the Avi Weiss Conundrum – He Caused...

4 Shevat 5774 – January 5, 2014
Rabbi Avi Weiss is learning the hard way about playing nice with others.

Proposed Law Aims at Tighter Kosher Food Enforcement

28 Tevet 5774 – December 30, 2013
The Knesset will discuss and vote on a  new bill to give official kosher food inspectors powers to make sure that restaurants and other...

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Issues Restrictions on Mikvah Attendants

24 Kislev 5774 – November 27, 2013
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate issued restrictions on the extent to which mikvah attendants may question and interact with women visiting the ritual baths. According to a...

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