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Rabbinical Council Reports on Three Years’ Achievements of Its Marriage Court

The Rabbinical Council of America reported today that during the past three years its rabbinical marriage court had affected 680 reconciliations and processed 320 religious divorces.

Rabbi David L. Silver, president of the rabbinical court, said that since the court was founded in 1960, it had been “eminently successful in effectuating marital reconciliations in hundreds of cases,” serving the entire Jewish community, “regardless of synagogue or personal affiliation.”

Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, former president of the Orthodox rabbinical group, said that a study of divorces issued by rabbinic authorities in the United States suggested that intermarriage “is the most widely contributing factor in marital discords and dissolutions.” He urged all rabbinic organizations to adopt regulations forbidding their members to perform marriages between Jews and non-Jews.