Putting out a list of American Rabbis whose conversions are not accepted in Israel is humiliating to Jews in America and to their families. In America we respect our spiritual leaders whom we turn to in good times and bad.

As a Rabbi for over forty years, now retired, I always told the few families of those I converted that their conversions would probably not be accepted in Israel. It is particularly upsetting that Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, the executive director of the New York Board of Rabbis is listed.

As chairman of the Holocaust committee of the New York Board and a member for over forty years, I find listing his name very disturbing. Whether Israel accepts his conversions or mine or any of my Rabbinical colleagues is out of our hands. Numerous times on a personal level when someone in my family needed emergency assistance in NY hospitals he always acted immediately and accomplished the impossible.

Leave our Rabbis alone.

Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg