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    • Zev Davis
    • 04.06.13 | 09:38 (IDT)

    The "congegational " system is part of the North American Jewish life, and in Israel, as it was in East-Central Europe there as many synagogues without rabbis as there are with rabbis. As you walk the streets of Jersualem, you pass by structurs, some of them not bigger than a a garage with a sign that says its a sysagogue--does that house of worship have a rabbi?! Even the larger structures, some of them don't have "rabbis". These synagogues are run by gabbais, peopel more or less knowledgabe in the rules of the services, as well as having the human skills to deal with the needs of the worshipoers. Then too, a gabbi is often an unpaid volunteer that may not have any specific "religious traing" other than what he happens to know. The rabbi is either a "neghborhood rabbi", or in the case of many towns in the periphery, "town rabbis". As such the religious life is run myu Religious Affairs Countils that may offer stipends to houses of worship from time to time. Yes, Virginia, there are very few synagogues with five rabbis, one for the various functions and services it offers its congregants. Indeed, the rabbinate does offer examinations for candidates to positions of town and neighborhood rabbis,that enable them to offer thier services to Religious Affairs Councils. Them's that get elected serve, and the others, well, wait their turn. Of course it's politics, even as the appointment of congregational rabbis in teh States, there, there are no offical exmainations.

    from the article: Jewish communities without rabbis deserve state funding too
    First published 11:47 03.06.13 | Last updated 11:47 03.06.13
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