A Czech-born Single Mother Challenges the Chief Rabbinate’s Monopoly on Conversions in Israel

As Israel's cabinet rolls back years of advances in conversion reform, a court petition of one convert could be a landmark case that determines who is authorized to perform Orthodox conversions in Israel.

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Martina Ragacova had never planned to become the symbol of a growing uprising against Israel’s draconian conversion laws. All this Czech-born woman wanted was to have her conversion recognized so that she...