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Monday, June 14 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Recognising non-Orthodox conversions for the purpose of Aliyah: landslide win or landslide disaster?

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Recognition of non-Orthodox conversion performed in Israel has always been a political landmine. Since 1962, when Ben Gurion agreed that a law be passed conferring a monopoly over marriage and divorce to the State-run Orthodox Rabbinate, the Orthodox institutions inferred that this monopoly included conversion. In fact, the opposite was true. In 1970, when the question of "who is a Jew" was debated in the Knesset within the framework of the Law of Return, the majority ruled that there would be no definition of "who is a convert", in order to keep the law as inclusive as possible. For over 30 years the Supreme Court wrestled with the issue, trying to push the "hot potato" back to the legislators – until finally this year, it handed down its decision in favour of the non-Orthodox movements – weeks before the latest election. This session will explore the implications of the decision – legally, politically and socially.

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Nicole Maor

Nicole Maor is the Director of the Israel Reform Movement's Legal Aid Center for Olim (new immigrants). Born and raised in Sydney she made Aliyah in 1989 and was admitted to the Israeli Bar in 1992. She also has a master’s degree in International Law and International Relations... Read More →

Monday June 14, 2021 5:15pm - 6:15pm AEST
Room 5
  Everything Israel