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Rabbinical Council of Europe Convenes in London

 
The bi-annual conference of members of the Rabbinical Council of Europe took place early last week in London ▪ Rabbi Yitzchak Reuven Rubin, was elected as new council member
 
מאת: B.Bender    י"ט אייר ה'תשס"ט    13/05/2009   
 
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Early last week, England's capital saw the bi-annual conference of the Rabbinical Council of Europe. The council, whose membership numbers among the leading rabbinical figures throughout the continent, constitutes the paramount halachic legislature of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe. The council convenes every six months to arbitrate issues relevant to European Jewry in a timely fashion.

 

The conference took place in the Shomrei HaDas Synagogue in Hempstead, London in the afternoon following the morning arrival of rabbis from countries throughout Europe. The conference was conducted by Rabbi Yirmiya Menachem Kohen, Head of the Paris Beis Din (Jewish Court) and member presidium of the council.

 

As several topics demanded the attention of the council members, the conference included some six hours of discussion. A presentation by Rabbi Arie Goldberg, Deputy Director-General of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, regarding centre activities and the inquiries of various communities was presented during this time. The conference was hosted by Dayan Yaakov Yisroel Lictenstein, Head of the British Federation of Synagogues Beis Din (Jewish Court) and member presidium of the council.

 

One of the primary issues addressed during the conference was the decision-making process undertaken in regards to matters of pressing importance that come up during the year. As executive branch of the council, the Rabbinical Centre of Europe receives dozens of questions from Jewish communities and community leaders on a daily basis. The guidance of authoritative rabbinical leaders is required to determine how questions of this nature best be resolved. To this end, a decision was undertaken to refer questions of this nature to the rabbis of the council.

 

In a similar vein, council members praised the centre for their referral of many questions regarding both halacha and hashfaka to the poskey ha'dor (the leading halachic educators of the generation).

 

The conference also saw council members welcome Rabbi Yitzchak Reuven Rubin, as a new member of the Rabbinical Council of Europe. Rav Rubin has served as a rabbinical leader for decades, including such past engagements as Head of the British Council of Provincial Rabbis. Currently serving as Chief Rabbi of South Manchester, he is considered one of the pre-eminent lecturers in England today. His election as member of the Rabbinical Council of Europe was decided by popular council vote.

 

Conference attendees enjoyed a lecture by the honorable Mr Abraham Finlay, President of the British Federation of synagogues, regarding the importance of business ethics. The rabbis expressed their interest and regard for the topics the lecture touched upon. 

 

The issue of determination of Jewish identity was another conference focus. Within the framework of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, a wing devoted exclusively to questions of this nature receives dozens of inquiries from Jewish communities across the continent on a monthly basis. These questions are referred to authoritative researchers and batey dinim (Jewish courts) led by the rabbinical leaders of our generation.

 

Despite the scope of these activities, however, many Jewish communities have not yet referred their files regarding these issues to qualified researchers, opting instead to rely upon opinions unversed in the data germane to these matters. The inclusion of many gentiles into European Jewish communities has taken place in wake of such decisions. As such, the Rabbinical Council of Europe expressed their satisfaction with the continued activity of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe in the field as presented by centre Deputy Director-General Rabbi Arie Goldberg.



 
Rabbi Yitzchak Niazv, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Vienna
Rabbi Yitzchak Niazv, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Vienna  [Asher Pinchus]
Dayan Abraham David, Dayan of Sephardic Congregation in London
Dayan Abraham David, Dayan of Sephardic Congregation in London  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Yirmiya Kohen, Head of Paris Beis Din (Jewish Court),
Rabbi Yirmiya Kohen, Head of Paris Beis Din (Jewish Court),  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Hertz, Head of T.T. Yeshiv in London
Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Hertz, Head of T.T. Yeshiv in London  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Yitzchok Reuven Rubin, Rabbi of South Manchester
Rabbi Yitzchok Reuven Rubin, Rabbi of South Manchester  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Yaakov David Schmahl, Dayan of Shomre HaDas congregation in Antwerp
Rabbi Yaakov David Schmahl, Dayan of Shomre HaDas congregation in Antwerp  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi David Moshe Liberman, Rabbi of Shomre HaDas Antwerp
Rabbi David Moshe Liberman, Rabbi of Shomre HaDas Antwerp  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Yihya Teboel, Head of Lyon Beis Din (Jewish court)
Rabbi Yihya Teboel, Head of Lyon Beis Din (Jewish court)  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Weisberger, Rabbi of Adas Yereim in Budapest
Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Weisberger, Rabbi of Adas Yereim in Budapest  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Gershon Mendel Garelik, Head of a Beis Din (Jewish court) in Milano
Rabbi Gershon Mendel Garelik, Head of a Beis Din (Jewish court) in Milano  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, Chief Rabbi in Holland
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, Chief Rabbi in Holland  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Baruch Oberlander, Rabbi of Chevre Shas in Budapest
Rabbi Baruch Oberlander, Rabbi of Chevre Shas in Budapest  [Asher Pinchus]
Rabbi Arie Goldberg, Deputy Director–General of the RCE
Rabbi Arie Goldberg, Deputy Director–General of the RCE  [Asher Pinchus]
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Mr Abraham Finlay, President of British Federation of synagogues
Mr Abraham Finlay, President of British Federation of synagogues  [Asher Pinchus]
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