Chaya's Site Applauds RCA's Decision: Converts & Conversion Boards:

To quote the fairly-recent March 19th (2012) correspondence on this matter - which currently appears on the RCA website:

"The notion that the RCA was at fault in a case wherein a convert served as one of the rabbis on a conversion court, creates a potentially harmful misunderstanding. The issue of whether a convert may serve on a rabbinical court for conversion is complex, and disputed by halachic authorities. Given the range of opinion on this topic, and with the best interest of converts in mind, the RCA and its affiliated Beth Din of America after much careful deliberation, concluded that a convert should not serve in this capacity. This view was accepted - not to insult anyone - but to ensure that there would never be any reason to question the legitimacy of our converts. In practical terms, when faced with a case where a member of the court was himself a convert, the RCA’s recommendation is for the convert to undergo a pro forma act of conversion where possible. That act (performed without a bracha) serves to resolve in advance any potential issues for the convert, as well as for future progeny. Contrary to Rabbi Weiss’s claim, this position has been consistently articulated by the RCA regarding all conversions performed under such circumstances. Rabbi Weiss has spoken in support of many good causes over the years. Is it too much to hope that he will recognize the value of the GPS system, thus ensuring the wellbeing – both emotional and halachic - of so many current and future righteous converts?"

Rabbi Barry Freundel, Chairman, RCA Gerus Policies and Standards Committee
Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg, President, Rabbinical Council of America


The Chaya's site view of this issue can be found here: