As of Monday, couples do not have to register to marry where they live but may register at any religious council in the country. The change in the law that made this possible is called the Tzohar Law, after the Tzohar rabbinical organization which initiated it.
Rabbi David Stav, who heads Tzohar, said "Today we start another stage of the accessibility of the institution of marriage and the Jewish family to the entire people of Israel." The organization explained, "Implementation of the law will put an end to the suffering of many converts to Judaism who were converted by the Chief Rabbinate and not recognized as Jews by some municipal rabbis." Tzohar noted that more than 85,000 Israelis have chosen to register through its auspices rather than go through the municipal rabbis.