Jerusalem center goes to extreme measures to help Russian immigrants prove their Jewishness

02.12.2011                      06.Kislev. 5772

Judentum:

Jerusalem center goes to extreme measures to help Russian immigrants prove their Jewishness

Institute serves as international investigation agency helping hundreds of young people from the former Soviet Union prove their Jewishness to the rabbinic courts.

Yigal Tashker, who was born 30 years ago in Kiev and has lived in Israel since the age of 7, learned a few months ago that for him and his fiancee to get married he would have to prove his Jewishness to a rabbinical court. Though he was listed as Jewish in the Population Registry, that wasn't going to be good enough for the marriage registrar where he lived.
Tashker would have been in a serious bind had someone not referred him to the Shorashim center a project being described here for the first time, which helps Israelis from the former Soviet Union prove their Jewishness….