A religious organisation or group of religious leaders?
The answer to that question depends on where you live.
The British Board of Deputies of British Jews has a website, www.bbds.org, where it describes itself as “a national umbrella organisation for British Jews and their supporters”.
“We aim to build a vibrant and diverse community of Jewish people in this country,” it says.
It is one of several organisations set up to address the issues facing Jews in the UK.
“In the US, we are the largest Jewish organisation, the largest and most diverse Jewish organisation in the US,” says the site.
But in Israel, there are two organisations: the Jewish Agency for Israel, which is based in New York, and the Rabbinical Council of America, which has offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.
“The Rabbinical Commission of America is the largest international Jewish organisation,” says Rabbi David Kirtman, the organisation’s executive director.
In Britain, the Rabbinate has a number of branches in London, Newham and Norwich, but Kirtmaier says it is only in the north-east that it has “strong links with the Jewish community”.
“The reason is that we see ourselves as an organisation which is for Jewish people, not Jewish people only,” he says.
“It is not just a one-stop shop.
We see ourselves in the community as a community, not as a religious organisation.”
Is there any difference between the two organisations?
“Absolutely,” Kirtmans comments.
The Rabbinate is a “global community” which “works in a very global way, from its national headquarters in New Jersey to its regional offices in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and elsewhere in the world,” he explains.
“And it is a very small organisation.
We are also very concerned about Israel, and we work very closely with the Israeli authorities. “
We are very much focused on the Jewish people.
We are also very concerned about Israel, and we work very closely with the Israeli authorities.
We do everything we can to help the Israeli government.”
But while the Rabbine may be “a global community”, it is not an organisation “of Jews only”, according to Rabbi Shmuel Karpel, the president of the Rabbinic Council of North America, and author of The Rabbinical Handbook: How to Talk to the Religious Community About the Jews and Judaism.
“Rabbi Karpels book is a collection of general guides for all rabbis, but it is the Rabbacisms Guide for Rabbis, and it is intended for all the religious community, including the Jews,” Karpelman told TheJournal.ie. “So there is no separation between the Jewish religion and the Jewish world.
There is an understanding of Jewish religion, Jewish world and Jewish world,” Kaspel says.
The Jewish Agency and Rabbacism have been working together since 1997, when Rabbi Karpesh, a former rabbi of the Holy Land, launched the Rabbatic Society in London.
The organisation now has more than 40 branches worldwide.
Karpash and Karpal say they have a “good relationship” with the Rabbaic Council of Canada, which was founded in Montreal in 1974, and which has its headquarters in Toronto.
“I think that Rabbacistic Canada has been very supportive of the Jewish mission of Israel,” says Karpals son-in-law, Rabbi Zalman Shmuli.
The Canadian Jewish Congress, which represents Jewish groups in Canada, has also been involved in the Rabbacy.
But both Karpas say that while the Canadian Jewish Association has been “very supportive” of the work of the rabbis in Israel in recent years, it has also made it clear that it does not support the Rabbaic Council of Israel, a group that has “no place” in Canada.
“They are a non-representative organisation,” Kipsl says.
Kirtmen, the RCA executive director, disagrees.
“Their purpose is not to represent Israel, but to advance Judaism in the country,” he tells TheJournal and Beyond.
“That’s the purpose of the ROC.
We want to encourage and promote the values and the life-style of Judaism in Israel.”
Is religion more important in the Middle East?
According to Rabbi Kirtzman, religious leaders can play a vital role in promoting Jewish values in the region.
“Religious leaders are in the most powerful position in the Arab world because of their political, social and economic power,” he notes.
“When you look at the Arab and Islamic world, they have the largest populations, and they have all the power.
They have no place in the Muslim world.” “
But there are many people who are not religious and who are anti-Israeli.
They have no place in the Muslim world.”
It’s not just religious leaders who have an impact, however.
“There are many Jewish organisations that are doing great work,” says Shm