Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Do you offer kosher certification?

    No, the Agudah does not offer kosher certification nor is it in our plans to do so. We do provide information for Sefardim on acceptable certifications and since Sefardic halachot are generally stricter than Ashlenazic halachot concerning kosher issues information on what can be relied on or how can issues be remedied when relying on Ashkenazi kosher certifications.

  • What are the requirements for a community to be a member of the Agudah?
  • Full membership is given to any community fulling subscribing to our charter requirements. Those communities that have Sefardic minyanim that follow the charter requirements are also given an associate membership.

  • What are the charter requirements for a community or minyan?

    1. Strict adherence to the Maran Rav Yosef Karo's opinions in the Shulchan Aruch according to the rules of pesak of the Sefardim
    2. To accept the authority of the Rishon Letzion, Harav Hagaon Rabbenu Yitzchak Yosef שליט״א
    3. To support the rabbinic board and their decisions
    4. To support each others torah programs and community services
    5. To resolve all disputes solely in a Torah bet din

  • How are members chosen for the Rabbinic Board?

    Any new full member community may request their rav be considered by the current board for entry to the rabbinic board and upon approval will be added to the roster of rabbanim on the board.

  • How are decisions made for the organization?

    All halachic decisions are decided exclusively by the rabbinic board. Each community at the general assemblies of the Agudah can send one representative to cast a vote for general issues.

  • Does the Agudah have a Bet Din (Jewish Court)?

    Yes, we will be posting information concerning procedures soon. The bet din sees cases concerning disputes between individuals and offers binding arbitration.

  • Does the Agudah offer a bet din/services for divorce and/or conversions?

    Currently these two issues are handled through the individual community rabbanim and provided by other organizations.