Supreme Court erodes religious monopoly of Orthodox Rabbinate

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | 
Israel's Supreme Court has dealt a blow to the religious monopoly of the Orthodox Rabbinate, by agreeing to recognize non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism performed partially in Israel. It’s a limited victory for the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements, which are considered illegitimate and even heretical by the Orthodox religious establishment. Until now, only people who were converted by Orthodox rabbis could become Israeli citizens under the “Right of Return.” Now, converts who studied under Conservative and Reform rabbis in Israel and then went abroad for a formal conversion ceremony, will be recognized as Jews by the state of Israel.

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