JAFI to decide on Orthodox conversions for aliya

15.06.2011                      13.Siwan, 5771 

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JAFI to decide on Orthodox conversions for aliya

Interior Ministry decides Chief Rabbinate will only be potential consultant for "isolated cases" regarding identity of converting rabbis.

The Interior Ministry has decided that the Jewish Agency will act as the arbitrator for Jewish communities abroad for recognizing Orthodox converts wishing to make aliya, while leaving the Chief Rabbinate as a potential consultant for the “isolated cases” in which questions regarding the converting rabbis arise.
In recent months, there has been a growing phenomenon of aliya requests by Orthodox converts from North America being rejected by the Interior Ministry. According to law, a person who undergoes a conversion in a recognized Jewish community abroad is eligible for aliya….