Contributor Archives: Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

About Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

Rabbi Vernon Kurtz is the Rabbi of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois and is a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of 1500 Conservative Rabbis. Rabbi Kurtz currently serves as President of MERCAZ OLAMI, the World Organization of the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement and is also on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and serves as co-chairman of its FSU committee.

Israeli Conversion Crisis

In the Book of Psalms, Chapter 119, Verse 26 it states: “It is time to act for the Lord, for they have violated your teaching.” I would like to suggest that the conversion crisis, and I want to call it a crisis, that is now affecting the State of Israel, and in particular the Aliyah of Jews from the Former Soviet Union, is a violation of the teaching of G-d and it behooves us to insure that it does not continue. I do not wish to give a Halakhic discourse about leniencies concerning the …

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