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  • Conversion reform passes Cabinet vote

    November 3, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel’s Cabinet approved a government regulation that will reform the conversion process.

    The regulation, which echoes the controversial conversion bill that for the second time passed the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, was approved on Sunday at the weekly Cabinet...

  • Knesset committee approves conversion bill for final plenum readings

    October 27, 2014 | 10:31 am

    A Knesset committee for the second time has approved a bill allowing local rabbis to oversee conversions to Judaism in Israel.

    The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday advanced the measure by a vote of 6 to 5. It is scheduled to be returned to the full Knesset for...

  • Netanyahu reportedly withdraws support for conversion bill

    October 21, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has withdrawn his support for a bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions.

    The bill, sponsored by the Hatnua party led by Tzipi Livni, passed one reading in the Knesset plenum in the summer.

    The Orthodox Chief...

  • Much political ado about a conversion bill

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 21, 2014 | 4:25 am

    Israel's official religious life is the ultimate show-about-nothing. There is anger and maneuvering, there is money and jobs, there is politics and betrayal, there is pomp and rhetoric – but all of this has little relevance to the lives of Israelis. This makes many of the fierce...

  • “America needs a Jewish values voice’’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 14, 2012 | 9:05 am

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach shares his thoughts on US-Israel ties, gay marriage, the conversion battle and his run for Congress as a Republican candidate in New Jersey.

    You’re running for Congress in New Jersey - why Republican and not Democrat?‎

    There are certain values within the...

  • Netanyahu freezes civil conversion bill

    January 10, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has extended a moratorium on a civil conversion bill for another six months.

    The bill proposed last year by Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu Party allows municipal rabbis to handle conversions—few may do so now—and permits only the...

  • Military conversion bill one step closer to approval

    December 28, 2010 | 9:52 am

    A bill that would validate conversions to Judaism through Israel’s military rabbinate moved one step closer to approval.

    The Knesset House Committee on Tuesday approved the bill and assigned it to the Law and Constitution Committee; the bill passed a preliminary reading in the...

  • Army converts are latest to be dragged into Israel’s conversion wars

    November 10, 2010 | 2:23 pm

    For years, army conversions were seen by many as a convenient solution for resolving at least part of the “Who is a Jew?” question that hangs like a cloud over the lives of tens of thousands of Israelis.

    In the Israel Defense Forces, under the guidance of army rabbis, some 5,000...

  • Israeli Jews back non-Orthodox conversions, poll finds

    September 28, 2010 | 12:25 pm

    Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews believe that non-Orthodox converts to Judaism should be considered Jewish, a new Israeli government survey reveals.

    The survey released Monday, which was commissioned by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry to gauge Israelis’...

  • What’s Wrong With Israel’s Proposed Conversion Bill

    March 16, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    Only in Israel. On the day that the U.S. vice president arrived in Israel, reportedly to thwart Israel’s bombing of Iran, and following two days of intensive talks
    between Israel’s prime minister and President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, the Israeli government...

  • The Valley

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu's crises never come singly. One, of prime interest to American Jewry, was put on hold this week. Another, which hogged the headlines for Israelis, ended with blood on the saddle.

    Leaders of American Reform and Conservative movements reached an agreement, in...

  • The Arts

    By Skip Heller

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    As Israel nears its 50th birthday, events have shifted attentionaway from the stalled peace talks. What dominates the headlines nowis the warlike rhetoric among Jewish factions -- both within Israeland in the Diaspora -- as they clash over the issue of religiouspluralism.

    Gideon Patt...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Several monthsago, I happened to be present when Yoram Ben Ze'ev, Israel's ConsulGeneral in Los Angeles, addressed a local group at the JewishFederation offices on Wilshire Boulevard. The talk, of course, wasabout politics: the conversion bill, the peace process, Israel andAmerica --...

  • The Thirteen Wants

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    What can American-style liberalJudaism offer Israel? After the battle over the proposed conversionbill is settled, that question will remain. We can puff up our chestsand demand equality with Orthodoxy over who is a Jew. But,inevitably, every political victory in the Knesset will...

  • Strains in the Relationship

    By Tom Tugend

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The reluctance of the popular comedian and others to lend theirtalents to the event reflect the growing strains between largesegments of the American Jewish community and Israel, centered on thelegitimacy and treatment of non-Orthodox Jews in Israel.

    Last week, the widening chasm...