“It was clear that there were things going on that were problematic, to say the least, and that this person went to great lengths to cover up what was happening,“ said the executive director of Mayyim Hayyim.
The proposal, which also would recognize non-Orthodox conversions abroad, was met with opposition from haredi Orthodox and religious Zionist rabbis.
Critics accused the Chief Rabbinate of widening the divide between Israel and American Jews.
The letter written by a a senior member of Israel’s Rabbinical Courts states that rabbis who were ordained by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, established by Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Bronx in 1999, "call themselves Orthodox," and "are not recognized by the Rabbinate of Israel.”
“I will describe myself as a rabbi, that’s what I’ve trained to do," said Dina Brawer, a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat in New York.
Sunday's event was planned by three non-Jewish friends after a man was attacked while wearing a yarmulke.
“Today, we all wear kippah," Berlin's mayor said at an event held in response to an anti-Semitic incident there last week.
The Collegiate Moot Beit Din competition asked teams of students to construct modern legal cases based on millennia-old texts.
Israeli Jews are the siblings who have broken with old family ways, writes a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Some 87 percent of the Haggadah readers also keep kosher for Passover, according to the Jewish People Policy Institute survey for the Israeli Judaism project.