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  • Why Israel is unlikely to change its conversion policies

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 28, 2015 | 4:05 am

    In 2014 I wrote a piece about an interesting poll from which a provocative headline could be drawn: How Many Israelis Would Gladly Intermarry? Quite a Few… It was a survey of Jewish Israelis – 54% of whom opposed intermarriage. But not many Israeli youngsters and seculars opposed...

  • Challenges and celebrations

    December 5, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    When Andromeda Stevens, 46, found herself falling in love with Judaism, she knew it was time to convert.

    She and her husband, Glenn Stevens, who live in Beverlywood, started living a Jewish life together years before they were married, and Andromeda converted after the wedding....

  • Israeli high court affirms conversions questioned by rabbinical courts

    April 27, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Israel’s high court reversed two annulled conversions to Judaism and affirmed thousands of others.

    Two women had in 2008 appealed to the rabbinical appeals court annulments by lower rabbinical courts of their conversions, which came about because of divorce cases.

    The rabbinical...

  • Briefs: Methodists don’t ‘divest,’ Jewish groups mobilize for Myanmar, Reno TV anchor sues

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Methodists Reject Divestment Proposals

    Methodists overwhelmingly defeated measures calling for divestment from companies that allegedly enable Israel's "occupation" of the West Bank. The resolutions, targeting companies like Caterpillar, which manufactures tractors, and Motorola,...

  • Court Seeks to Ease Way for Conversions

    By Amy Klein

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Susanne Shier first heard about the mikvah, the ritual immersion bath that's part of the conversion process, she was a bit leery.

    "I got nervous about it," she told The Journal before her immersion in March.

    But she relaxed when she toured the blue-tiled, vanilla-scented warm...

  • Non-Orthodox Form Conversion Court

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Sandra Caplan, a Jew-by-choice, was dying, her husband promised her that he would work toward a unified conversion process for the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements.

    George Caplan, a veteran community leader, kept his word and the Sandra Caplan Community Bet...

  • Conversion Controversy

    By Naomi Segal

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Reform and Conservative leaders in Israel had hoped Israel's Supreme Court would resolve a years-long struggle for recognition in Israel.

    Instead, the court on Tuesday heard only two hours of arguments in the bitterly disputed question of whether the state should recognize...