By COLlive reporter
The unification of the Beis Din of Crown Heights was hailed as “an amazing accomplishment” by Zaki Tamir, head of the neighborhood’s representative body.
According to the agreement approved on Friday, Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, Rabbi Yaacov Schwei and Rabbi Yosef Braun will work hand in hand on all areas of their jurisdiction as the 3 members of the rabbinical court, also known as Badatz Crown Heights.
“A stipulation was signed between all the rabbonim of the Beis Din of Crown Heights and they agreed and accepted upon themselves to take a risk on each other,” said Tamir, an attorney who is the Chairman of the Vaad Hakohol and Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC).
In a clip filmed outside the US District Court – Eastern District of New York, Tamir excitedly announced that “the Beis Din of Crown Heights is one again” and said it was “one of the most significant days of my life.”
All 3 rabbis signed a letter to the public, dated Friday, 16 Tammuz 5779, calling on members of the community to use the upcoming fast day on Sunday to increase in learning Torah, reciting Tehillim and giving Tzedaka.
The reason they cite is the new regulations of the New York State Department of Education to limit the Judaic learning hours in Yeshivos and schools.
This joint call signaled the first move towards reconciliation and cooperation between the Rabbis who have until now operated separately – including establishing their own kosher certification.
Tamir said that according to the agreement, Rabbi Shlomo Segal will continue his role in the Beis Din as a Dayan and in the same capacity in the CHK kosher certification which will now be united into one entity.