Avi Weiss Is Not Alone: Israeli Rabbinate Disqualifies Another U.S. Rabbi

Educator Scot Berman says he was told only pulpit rabbis can confirm Judaism of non-Israelis.

Yet another North American Orthodox rabbi has been disqualified by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. The institution recently refused to recognize the authority of Rabbi Scot Berman, an ordained U.S. Orthodox rabbi and longtime religious educator, in vouching for the Jewishness of a woman from his community in Toronto who had come to Israel to marry.