Apr 30, 2007
Statement of the Rabbinical Council of America Regarding the Partnership Agreement between the Rabbinical Council of America and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel
We are pleased to announce that after a year of hard work and consultation, the Rabbinical Council of America and the Beth Din of America have reached an agreement with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel on Geirus Policies and Standards. Almost a year ago, a committee of the RCA met with Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and his staff in his offices in Jerusalem, and an agreement was reached on broad principles that will govern the policies of conversion in North America and in the relationship between the North American Jewish community and the Rabbanut.
Over the course of the ensuing months and with intense consultation involving many rabbis in North America and the Office of the Chief Rabbi, the document entitled “Geirus Policies and Standards that will govern the Network of Regional Batei Din for Conversion” was produced. We are happy to announce that we have been told personally by Rav Amar that we have an agreement as to its contents. We are truly gratified that we have reached this important moment and we thank him for his concern, advice and diligent involvement in this project.
We understand that there is some confusion on the issue of the appointment of dayanim (rabbinical court judges). It remains our understanding that this issue is covered in Paragraph 4 of our original document agreement from June 7, 2006, which is further elucidated in Paragraph 3, subsection D of the Geirus Policies and Standards document. The full text of the document can be accessed by clicking below:
Comprehensive and Final Geirus Policies and Standards Protocol