Israeli rabbis create independent Jewish conversion court, defying Orthodox monopoly

August 11, 2015 7:11 AM

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JERUSALEM – A group of Israeli rabbis has established an independent Jewish conversion court, defying the Orthodox establishment's monopoly on religious affairs.

Israel's Orthodox rabbinate controls conversion, marriage and burials. The new court is meant to ease conversion for tens of thousands of people, mainly immigrants from the former Soviet Union who have Jewish ancestry but face difficulty marrying in Israel or receiving Jewish burials. The government...

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