This Jew by Choice Is Testing Israeli Top Court's Landmark Ruling on Conversions

The High Court ruling in March, which recognized non-Orthodox conversions performed in Israel, could open the door for Yosef Kibita, a member of Uganda's Abayudaya community, who has already converted three times

Judy Maltz
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Judy Maltz

Yosef Kibita, a Jewish convert from Uganda, woke up especially early this morning to catch the first bus from his kibbutz to Eilat. It had taken him weeks to set up an appointment at the Interior Ministry branch in Israel’s southernmost city, the closest to his home in the Arava desert, and he didn’t want to miss it. When he arrived, he presented the clerk on duty with his official request to obtain citizenship in Israel under the Law of Return.

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