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UTJ: Yisrael Beytenu obligated to support haredi bills circumventing court

United Torah Judaism MK Uri Maklev said on Wednesday that Yisrael Beytenu is obligated to support controversial legislation on mikva access, and independent, Orthodox conversion courts, two bills which are designed to circumvent recent rulings of the High Court of Justice. At the same time, Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer declined to say whether or…
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High Court Opens Door to Recognition of non-Orthodox Conversions in Israel

The High Court of Justice provided the Reform and Conservative movements on Wednesday with a ray of hope in their ongoing struggle to recognize Jews converted by their rabbis in Israel. Responding to a request submitted by the Israel Religious Action Center, the advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, Israel’s top court ordered…
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Senior liberal rabbis call on Liberman to stand by promises on conversion

Leading rabbis in the liberal wing of the national-religious community have called on Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman to “stand by his electorate” and oppose any government attempt to weaken the standing of private Orthodox conversions, should he join the coalition. A ruling by the High Court of Justice in March gave de facto state…
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WATCH: Conversion to Judaism via Masorti Movement in Israel

Rav Siach is the Hebrew word for a multi-party discourse, and it is the name chosen for a program initiated by the Masorti Movement in Israel and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, designed to provide Conservative Masorti congregations worldwide and Masorti communities in Israel with a platform which would enable them to connect and form relationships…
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Ultra-Orthodox Parties Plan Bill to Block Private Conversions Ruling

The two ultra-Orthodox parties in the government, Shas and United Torah Judaism, are planning to sponsor legislation to block implementation of last week’s High Court ruling that recognized private Orthodox conversions in Israel. It would also block recognition of conversions performed under auspices of the Reform and Conservative movements. […] Two United Torah Judaism members,…
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Will Supreme Court’s bite out of rabbinate monopoly be upheld?

In a landmark Supreme Court ruling this week, a full plenum of nine judges ruled that for purposes of Israeli civil status, the Law of Return recognizes the conversions of thousands of Jews across the Diaspora who, like Halawa, converted in independent conversion courts outside the auspices of the Israeli chief rabbinate. “Sunday morning, I’m…
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