State Comptroller's Annual Report Israel's Spending on Conversion to Judaism Increased, as Number of Converts Declined

In his first annual report, State Comptroller Joseph Shapira suggests rethinking Israel's conversion system and perhaps cutting its funding. Other parts of the report address the poverty of Ethiopian immigrants, severe gaps in medical services across the country and nepotism in the marriage system.

The Israeli government's spending to encourage conversion to Judaism has increased steadily from year to year while the number of people who actually converted declined “significantly” from 2007 to 2011, according to a new state comptroller’s report.