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  2/26/2014, Adar 26, 5774

Female Rabbinical Court Judge Bill Gains Support

The Knesset plenum approved a preliminary reading of a bill regarding installing female rabbinical court judges. The bill was submitted by two Members of Knesset, Aliza Lavie of Yesh Atid and Elazar Stern of Hatenua. Under the bill, the process of how the rabbinical court appoint directors would be changed, thus allowing both male and female judges to serve. In this scenario, a woman could thus preside over religious court hearings on marriage, divorce, conversion, and other matters. The bill must still pass subsequent readings to become law.