Israeli Officials Defer to Rabbinate When Considering Converts' Aliyah Requests

Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
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A lawyer representing the Interior Ministry disclosed in a court hearing in Jerusalem last week that decisionmakers regularly defer to the Chief Rabbinate, a rigidly Orthodox institution, when considering immigration applications submitted by converts. The Rabbinate is not supposed to be involved in determining whether converts to Judaism are eligible for aliyah.

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