Zvi Block

Toras HaShem / Young Israel of Valley Village

Zvi Block is senior rabbi of Toras HaShem / Young Israel of Valley Village. He studied at Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn and Jerusalem, has strong Chasidic influences through his father and grandfather, and earned a Master's in Education from Loyola University. In 1977, he established the Aish Hatorah College of Jewish Studies in Los Angeles, the first outreach center of its kind in the Western United States, as the first branch of the now worldwide Aish Hatorah-Jerusalem Outreach Movement. He is active in conversions, and serves as the Secretary for the North Hollywood Beit Din. He is a staunch Zionist, rigorously Halachic, and in the forefront in the battle against Anti-Semitism.

The Conversion Opportunity: Requirements and Acceptance in Halacha and in Israel

This session focuses on the process of conversion in Halacha as per the Code of Jewish Law, the Shulchan Aruch, including (a) acceptance of the candidate, (b) process of learning, (c) procedure of ceremony, and (d) acceptance of the conversion in Los Angeles, the United States, and Israel.

Israel Forum: Hot-Button Issues Facing the Zionist Dream

Zvi Block, Ruth Broyde Sharone, Jonathan Jacoby, Kenneth Kaufman, Daryl Temkin

In a lively exchange of ideas and opinions, a distinguished panel discusses some of the most pressing issues facing Israel today and offers insights on how we can discuss and respond to them. The forum highlights varying approaches, to provoke analysis of strong and weak points in the diverse perspectives, and to encourage consideration of ways to reconcile the differences. The format welcomes participation from the audience, challenges people to think beyond their own framework and positions, and aims to provide a model for constructive community discourse. Potential issues to be discussed include land for peace; prisoner swaps; settlement towns, disengagement, and expulsion; balancing ethnic, religious, gender and political rights and tolerance; human rights and social-class disparity; and the religious and secular division.