NEW YORK (Dec. 14)
The Rabbinical Council of America reported that its Beth Din–its rabbinical court–had saved 500 marriages in its first year of operation. The rabbinical court marked its first anniversary yesterday.
Rabbi Charles Weinberg, president, said the court had “surpassed all expectations.” Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, president of the Rabbinical Court Corporation, the governing body for the Beth Din, said that the 500 successful cases had been referred to the court by Orthodox rabbis from all parts of the United States. He said the court had granted 50 religious divorces.
The court sits once a week but it is available on call to cope with marital or family disputes, Rabbi Weinberg said, adding that plans had been made to expand the court’s staff with more family counselors. The court consists of three rabbis. Rabbi Rackman said that the court had established a central registry of vital statistics with the goal of containing a roster of all recorded Jewish marriages for use all over the world.