London Beth Din

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The London Beth Din is the Ashkenazi Beth Din of the United Synagogue, the largest Ashkenazi synagogal body in London, England. In its capacity as Court of the Chief Rabbi, it is historically the supreme halakhic Authority for Ashkenazim in several Commonwealth countries and additionally is consulted by Batei Din throughout Europe.

Scope[edit]

The range of questions with which the Beth Din deals is vast and covers all areas of Jewish law. Some of the specialist areas covered by the Beth Din are:

  • halakhic authority for the Kashrut Division (KLBD)
  • the authorisation and supervision of mohelim
  • the supervision of mikvehs
  • the supervision of Orthodox conversions
  • construction, supervision and maintenance of the North West London and the Borehamwood Eruv
  • questions relating to burial and mourning
  • supervising the activity of the Marriage Education programme
  • advising on legislation which may have an impact on Jewish religious practice
  • dealing with a wide range of halakhic problems posed by the rabbanim of the United Synagogue and provincial communities
  • the examination of Shochetim and the control of the shechita Inspectors

The London Beth Din retains a research unit which employs the services of a professional genealogist in order to assist in enquiries as to whether a person is Jewish.

Membership[edit]

The present membership (2012) of the London Beth Din is:[1]

  • Av Beth Din – the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis
  • Dayan Yonason Abraham
  • Dayan M Gelley – Senior Dayan
  • Dayan Ivan Binstock
  • Dayan S Simons
  • Rabbi Jeremy Conway – Kashrut Director

The Registrar is David Frei (also the External and Legal Services Director of the United Synagogue)

Former dayanim of the London Beth Din[edit]

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