US-Born Rabbi Challenges Israel's Establishment

Farber, a Modern Orthodox rabbi, is the founder of ITIM, an organization that helps converts and others navigate the religious establishment’s legendary bureaucracy through activism and legal action.

The rabbinate is notorious for stalling and sometimes overturning recognition of a person’s Jewish status. That status is a prerequisite for anyone who wants to marry as a Jew, be buried in a Jewish cemetery or, in many cases, become a citizen.

Farber experienced the rabbinate’s stonewalling firsthand after having to wait months for a license to perform weddings.

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