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cRc Beth Din

Beth Din Zedek Ecclesiastical Judicature
of the Chicago Rabbinical Council

The Beth Din (also spelled Bais Din or Beit Din) is the Rabbinic Court of the cRc. It is guided and led by our Rosh Beth Din (Head of the Rabbinic Court), the world renowned Torah scholar, Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, shlit"a. Rabbi Yona Reiss, shlit"a, a noted Torah scholar, attorney and jurist, is the Av Beth Din (Chief of the Court). The Beth Din hears and resolves cases involving Jewish law, and financial disputes. It responds to all queries related to the practice and theory of our way of life. It issues Gittin (Jewish Divorces), certificates of Geirut (conversions), and Teudot Ravakut (certificates attesting to the status of the Jewish person) which are internationally recognized, and accepted by the Israeli Rabbinate.

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Throughout the ages Jewish communities have settled their internal differences and quarrels within the confines of their own borders, primarily by men and women appearing before a Beth Din, a court of rabbis who were experts in Jewish law. The decision that was binding upon litigants was based upon the principles of justice and fairness, with the ultimate goal of preserving peace within the society.

Many years ago the Chicago Rabbinical Council created a Beth Din to function in this field, and the dignity of Chicago Jewry was splendidly enhanced by this establishment. As the reputation of the Beth Din grew, the number of cases brought before it rapidly increased until it became imperative to appoint a full-time chief rabbinical judge. In 1987, the Chicago Rabbinical Council appointed to this position a highly distinguished, nationally recognized Torah scholar, Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, shlit"a, whose published halachic decisions had earned world-wide respect. Our community has found Rabbi Schwartz, shlit"a, to be a warm personality, an intelligent student of the needs of a contemporary community, a gifted and popular spokesman for the welfare of all the people in Metropolitan Chicago, and a wise mediator in a broad variety of disturbing situations resulting from the frictions of human understanding. It has frequently been remarked, one of the best things the Chicago Rabbinical Council did in the sixty years of its existence was to bring Rabbi Schwartz, shlit"a, to our city.

For information regarding Din Torah (Halachic Arbitration), click here.
For information regarding Get (Religious Divorce), click here.
For information regarding a Teudat Ravakut (Certificate of Personal Status), click here.

If you would like further information regarding the Beth Din, please contact Rabbi Abramson by phone at (773) 250-5491 or by e-mail at


HaRav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, shlit"a
Rosh Beth Din

HaRav Yona Reiss, shlit"a
Av Beth Din


Rabbi Alan M. Abramson
Menahel Beth Din

Rabbi Levi Mostofsky
Executive Director

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