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First Orthodox Rabbinical Court to Be Opened in Chicago

The Orthodox Chicago Rabbinical Council announced it will open a Jewish religious court, the first such tribunal under Orthodox rabbinical supervision in the area, after the High Holy Days. The court will hear cases dealing with divorce, Jewish dietary laws, conversion and other religious matters.

Rabbi Herman L. Davis, president of the Rabbinical Council, said the court would have three rabbis as judges. The court will be housed in a hotel, the Sherman House, which made facilities available as a public service. Rabbi Davis said that the authority of the Jewish tribunal here, as in a few other similar Jewish courts in the United States, was dependent entirely on voluntary acceptance of its jurisdiction by both litigants.