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of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
Public & Knesset Advocacy
The Conversion Bill
The Conversion Bill is legislation initially proposed by MK David Rotem in July 2010 (still pending) that seeks to amend the current Chief Rabbinate Law in the matter of conversion, transferring all authority on conversion from the State to the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate. We fear that this would lead to the delegitimization of non-Orthodox Jewish conversions in Israel and the Diaspora. The bill threatens to overturn IRAC's hard won precedents recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions performed abroad for the purpose of aliyah. With the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency, and the Reform and Conservative Movements, IRAC opposes this dangerous legislation that would give the ultra-Orthodox Rabbinate full discretion over 'Who is a Jew?' for Klal Yisrael.


Update: Tuesday January 11, 2011 - Conversion Bill Freeze Extended 6 More Months

As a result of IRAC and our partners' persistence in our opposition to the Conversion Bill, the advancement of this bill is postponed an additional 6 months - until July 10, 2011.  During the freeze, the Reform and Conservative Movements have agreed to hold off on petitions to the Supreme Court on this issue, and Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky will mediate negotiations between the parties during this time.  Stay posted for more updates.

Previous Updates

Why IRAC/ IMPJ Opposes the Conversion Bill

Full text of the Conversion Bill

Click here to sign our petition to stop the Conversion Bill

Click here to read past news articles about the Conversion Bill


Information and resources on conversion and aliyah

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