Rabbis may ban Judeo-Christian Knesset conference

Thursday, May 17, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israel's Chief Rabbinate was due to meet on Thursday to consider declaring a Judeo-Christian women's conference at the Knesset to be in violation of Jewish law.

The conference has been organized by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and the Christian humanitarian organization Bridges for Peace. It is a two-day event during which prominent women from Israel and abroad will discuss how Judeo-Chrisitan biblical values can help resolve outstanding violations of women's rights around the world.

But Jerusalem city councilwoman Mina Fenton is convinced the gathering is part of a larger Christian scheme to ultimately convert Israel's Jews to Christianity.

Last month, Fenton, who is an Orthodox Jew, succeeded in convincing a three-man rabbinical council to ban the conference.

That decision drew complaints from caucus chairman Member of Knesset Benny Elon, himself a religious Jew and a rabbi. Elon has long argued for strengthened ties between Israel and its Evangelical Christian supporters.

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