JERUSALEM Israels rabbinical authorities have compiled a blacklist of overseas rabbis whose authority they refuse to recognize when it comes to certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in Israel.
The list includes a number of prominent Orthodox rabbis. Among them are a social activist in New York who has advocated for greater rights for women, a Canadian rabbi who is friendly with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a close colleague of the rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump.
The list of 160 rabbis is another sign of a deepening rift between overseas Jewish communities and Israeli religious authorities.
ITIM, a liberal religious group that obtained the list, says it does not know how the chief rabbinate compiled the names. The rabbinate did not respond to requests for comment.
The Rabbis Deemed Kosher for Conversions by Israels Rabbinate: The Full List
Rabbinate was pressured to release list of kosher rabbis, which had been a closely guarded secret, after the ITIM organization, which helps people navigate the rabbinical bureaucracy, filed suit.
Haaretz Apr 19, 2016 4:17 PM
Israels Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (L) and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau. Moti Milrod
The Chief Rabbinate has for the first time released a list of
foreign rabbis whose conversions it recognizes and whose signatures
it accepts on documents attesting to various aspects of personal
The rabbinate was pressured to release the list of kosher rabbis, which had been a closely guarded secret, after the ITIM organization, which helps people navigate the rabbinical bureaucracy, filed suit in Jerusalem District Court demanding that the list be produced.
Here is the full list:......