A recent study conducted by the Ministry of Absorption and Immigration revealed that one-quarter of non-Jews, particularly Russians, who’ve immigrated to Israel, are willing to convert to Judaism. The number of Gentile immigrants is increasing and so is the campaign to encourage conversion. The study found that women are more willing to convert than men, yet still felt the conversion process was long and difficult. Thirty-seven percent said they would not convert for fear of rejection at the end of the conversion process. Even though many of these Russians are converting to Judaism, they said they feel more Russian than Israeli.
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