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Orthodox Congregations Denounce Change in Jewish Marriage Law

A denunciation of the new Conservative movement’s proposal to establish a Beth Din and to change the traditional Jewish marriage contract–ketubah–in an effort to stem the tendency toward divorce, featured the closing session here yesterday of the four-day convention of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

In a special resolution, some 900 delegates representing 3, 000 congregations in this country and Canada with a combined membership of 3, 000, 000, reaffirmed the Union’s adherence to the established authority of the Code of Jewish Law and stated its non-recognition of the Beth Din for marital affairs set up by the Conservative movement.