Israel Rejects Citizenship Bid of African-American Convert Married to Israeli Woman

David Ben Moshe was converted by an Orthodox rabbi in Baltimore in 2017, but his attempt to make aliyah to Israel has been rejected because he didn’t subsequently spend 9 months among local Jewish community in Maryland

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He was deemed Jewish enough to marry in Israel, but a 30-year-old African-American was told on Sunday that his conversion is not recognized by the state and he is therefore ineligible for Israeli citizenship.