Fortunately the diaspora created the necessity for autonomy in Jewish communities around the world and it has become instilled in Jewish tradition. Rabbi's from established communities has overseen conversion, marriage, buriel etc for generations. The political strangle-hold exerted by the Israeli Ultra-Orthodox on Israeli society has resulted in there continous efforts to establish themselves as the "Pope" of Judaism, in Israel, and more recently abroad aswell. We are not Catholics and we do not need a Pope!! Their control over marriage, buriel, conversion etc has caused a great deal of upset for Israeli's from all walks of society, not only new immigrants and it must end. A person who aligns their fate with the Jewish people is a suitable candidate for conversion, as in the case of RUTH, the moabite.
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from the article: Zionist rabbis agree to serve on independent conversion courts