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  • Ugandan Jews get official recognition from Jewish Agency

    April 12, 2016 | 9:41 am

    A Jewish community in Africa has moved one step closer to gaining formal recognition from the Israeli government.

    The Jewish Agency said in a letter to Israel’s Conservative movement that the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, a community whose members formally converted to Judaism under...

  • Israeli Supreme Court rules state must accept non-Rabbinate Orthodox conversions

    April 1, 2016 | 1:03 pm

    Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the state must recognize Orthodox conversions performed in Israel outside the authority of the Chief Rabbinate.

    The ruling Thursday means any non-citizen who converts in a private Israeli Orthodox conversion court can gain Israeli citizenship...

  • New citizenship law has Jews worldwide flocking to tiny Portugal city

    February 11, 2016 | 3:45 pm

    Five years ago, this city’s tiny Jewish community was so strapped for cash it couldn’t afford to fix the deep cracks in its synagogue’s moldy ceiling.

    The Jewish Community of Porto was also too poor to hire a full-time rabbi because of its small size (50 members) and the paucity...

  • Is she Jewish? Rabbinate says yes, Israel says no

    November 6, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    In 2012, Anna Varsanyi was married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony conducted through Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

    Two years later, the Hungarian immigrant has made a life in Israel, settling with her husband in the central city of Modiin and working a desk job in a hospital. She is...

  • Israel extends Law of Return to non-Jewish same-sex spouses

    August 12, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    Israel extended immigration benefits to non-Jewish spouses in same-sex marriages.

    On Tuesday, Interior Minister Gideon Saar instructed the government to extend the benefits of the Law of Return to all married couples.

    The law affords non-Jewish spouses of Jewish immigrants...

  • Jews leaving France, Ukraine generate 50% increase in aliyah

    June 20, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Jewish immigration to Israel during the first quarter of 2014 increased by 50 percent over the corresponding period last year, mainly due to arrivals from France and Ukraine.

    In total, immigration to Israel under its Law of Return for Jews and their descendants during the first...

  • ‘Non-Jewish’ Jews endure challenges living in Israel

    By Dina Kraft

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In Israel, the "non-Jewish Jews," as some Israelis call them, are everywhere. They drive buses, teach university classes, patrol in army jeeps and follow the latest Israeli reality TV shows as avidly as their Jewish counterparts.

    For these people -- mostly immigrants from the former...

  • Jew Who?

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There is a new twist to the contentious question of who is really a Jew. John C. Haedrich, who claims that his DNA proves his Ashkenazi descent, is challenging the State of Israel to recognize his Jewishness under the Law of Return.

    Authorities in Israel have so far not commented on...

  • Israel Should Accept All Jews as Jews

    By David Ellenson

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    On March 31, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that 17 foreigners converted to Judaism by non-Orthodox rabbinic courts must be considered as Jews under the Law of Return. The Law of Return has long extended legal recognition as Jews to Reform and Conservative converts who have moved...

  • A Conversion Solution

    By Eric Silver

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Softly, softly, Israel has launched a joint Orthodox-Conservative-Reform program to solve the problem of quarter of a million Russian immigrants who are Jewish according to the Law of Return (at least one Jewish grandparent), but not according to Halachah (a Jewish mother).

    They feel...