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RCA Statement on Status of Convert in Israel  
 
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Jun 24, 2016 -- The Rabbinical Council of America, the leading organization of orthodox rabbis in North America, appreciates and supports the efforts of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to reverse the decision of the local Bet Din of Petach Tikvah which refused to accept its recommendation to recognize the validity of the conversion to Judaism of an applicant for marriage arranged by our colleague Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.

Rabbi Shalom Baum, president of the RCA, said, "We regret the angst caused to this righteous convert, as well as the vulnerability felt by many righteous converts who feel that their legitimate status as Jews remains always subject to scrutiny. We call upon the Chief Rabbinate and the Israeli Religious Courts to ensure that in the future such applicants are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We hope that we can strengthen the cooperation between the Rabbinate and the RCA in order to better serve the members of our communities and better represent and facilitate the efforts of our members."

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