Israel's High Court Orders State to Recognize non-Orthodox Conversions Under Law of Return

Court accepts petitions by 12 people who underwent Conservative or Reform conversion in Israel, but had their requests for Israeli citizenship denied by the state

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Israel's High Court ruled Monday that the state must recognize Reform and Conservative conversions to Judaism performed in Israel for the purpose of obtaining Israeli citizenship.

The verdict related to two petitions submitted in 2005 and 2006, by 12 people who had undergone non-Orthodox conversions in Israel, but whose requests for citizenship had been rejected by the Interior Ministry. Eight of nine justices ruled in favor of the petitioners.