For first time, Israel to recognize Reform and Conservative rabbis

30.05.2012                      09.Siwan. 5772

Jüdische Welt:

For first time, Israel to recognize Reform and Conservative rabbis

State to support salaries of non-Orthodox rabbis; 'rabbis of non-Orthodox communities' will not have authority over religious and halakhic matters.

In an unprecedented move, Israel has announced that it is prepared to recognize Reform and Conservative community leaders as rabbis and fund their salaries.
Rabbis belonging to either stream will be classified as "rabbis of non-Orthodox communities". The attorney general advised the High Court that the state will begin equally financing non-Orthodox rabbis in regional councils and farming communities that are interested in doing so…