Israel Religious Action Center
of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
Issues of Personal Status

Issues of Personal Status

An Introduction

Navigating the Israeli court system in the context of domestic relations law requires expertise and it is always advisable to obtain legal advice in connection with any proceeding- whether adversarial or not.

Jewish marriage and divorce in Israel is under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate of Israel, which defines a person's Jewish status strictly according to Jewish law - Halacha. The Rabbinate's standards and interpretations in these matters are those implemented by the Israeli Interior Ministry in registering marriages and divorces. While there are non-religious options for burial in Israel, most options are controlled by the Orthodox establishment; furthermore, public burial grounds (where burial is paid for by social security) are almost exclusively Orthodox.

For more information regarding issues of personal status in Israel, go to our issue papers: 


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