Tzohar and Rabbinate in historic agreement

June 7, 2012 22:04

The national-religious Tzohar rabbinical association announced on Thursday night that it has come to an agreement with the rabbinate that will remove restrictions on rabbis associated with the organization from conducting weddings.

Tzohar, which provides a free-of charge wedding service targeted at non-religious Jews, temporarily closed its flagship program back in November in protest at restrictions it said the rabbinate imposed, limiting its ability to function.

This move prompted an outburst of public and political anger aimed at the religious establishment, prompting an appeal to the High Court of Justice on behalf of Tzohar, and the initiation of legislation in the Knesset to remove one of the main bureaucratic obstacles to the organization’s operations

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