Bill will Save 'Tzohar' Religious Zionist Marriage Project
The bill was proposed by MK Faina Kirshenbaum of Israel is Our Home (Yisrael Beitenu). It will have the effect of saving the Tzohar rabbis' project, which recently came under threat when Minister for Religious Services Yaakov Mergi (Shas) took steps to force the Tzohar rabbis to operate through the regional state mechanism.
Under the current system, a couple that wishes to wed can only register at the rabbinate bureau in the region specified on the ID card of the bride or groom as his or her birthplace. The bill's explanatory notes say that this made sense when rabbis knew the residents of their region personally. However, cities have grown and this is no longer true, they explain. The bill will make it possible for couples to register wherever they want to, at no extra cost.