Conversion Crisis: Is the System Broken?

Why are hundreds of people interested in converting to Judaism being turned away?
Why is the Orthodox Rabbinate pushing away people eager to live a religious lifestyle of Torah and Mitzvot?
Is there anyone in the Rabbinate working to help pave the way for a conversion process that is equally loving and rigorous?

On Sunday, May 17 at 2:00pm at Congregation Ramath Orah, three prominent rabbis will explore the challenges and offer potential solutions in a critically important program sponsored by the Union for Traditional Judaism (UTJ).
Speakers are:
  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Founder and Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions
    o  Topic: "Conversion as an Opportunity: the Challenge in Israel and the Challenge in the Diaspora"
  Rabbi Marc D. Angel, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel (The Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue) and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals
    o Topic: “The Conversion Crisis as a Symptom of a Larger Crisis in Halakhic Judaism.”
  Rabbi David Novak, J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto and President of Union for Traditional Judaism (UTJ)
    o Topic: “Reviving the Ger Toshav in the Land of Israel”

“There are hundreds of non-Jews who are eager to convert to Judaism and live a religious, halakhic lifestyle, but who are being turned away by a Rabbinate that is fundamentalist and imposing unprecedented stringencies,” said Rabbi Novak. “Our goal is to bring together everyone who believes the current system in Israel and the diaspora is broken and needs immediate fixing.”

When: The program will be held Sunday, May 17, 2:00pm
Where: Congregation Ramath Orah, 550 West 110th St., N.Y.
Registration/Further Information: Advanced registration is preferred.  To register (suggested $10 donation) or to sponsor this event (minimum $100 donation), please click "donate," button at the top of the screen call (201) 801-0707 x 111 or email

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