In Madagascar, new community chooses to be Jewish121 people in Madagascar convert, viewing Judaism as a return to their roots and an overthrowing of last vestiges of colonialism.
Moving: Officer from Uzbekistan returns to JudaismWatch: The emotional moment young daughter of a Jew in Uzbekistan officially completes conversion, after making Aliyah and enlisting.
'I wanted so badly to be Jewish'Hundreds of converts from the Ami Ulpan network gather at Western Wall ahead of Shavuot.
Terminally ill man allowed to convert and marryAfter years of bureaucratic hardship, couple finally allowed to undergo Orthodox conversion, marry and make Aliyah.
Conversion ruling dents Chief Rabbinate's controlSupreme Court decision on Jewish conversion changes almost nothing, but down the line, it could change a lot.
High Court: Private conversions get citizenshipChief Rabbi slams giving official recognition to 'unsupervised pirate conversion industry,' MK Smotrich vows to draft a bill against it.
Many Palestinians, foreign workers try to convertKnesset State Control Committee finds that 50% of requests to convert to Judaism come from foreign workers, Palestinians, infiltrators.
Report: New Conversion Courts Ease ObligationsAt least one panel of new conversion courts doesn't require declared obligation to observe Jewish commandments, reports Haaretz.
Top Rabbis: We Only Accept Rabbinate ConversionRabbis Dov Lior, Chaim Shteiner, Tzvi Yisrael Tau, Eitan Eisman and over 30 others oppose independent conversion court.
Rabbi: Conversion Panel to Prevent IntermarriageRabbi David Stav, head of Tzohar, notes that independent conversion committee will strengthen Israeli Jews by preventing assimilation.
Only 40% of Non-Jewish Olim Successfully ConvertStudy on 20 years of data notes that conversion process of Jews from FSU has been a 'great failure' amid conversion controversy.
Rabbis Set Up 'Independent' Conversion CourtsA group of rabbis has set up a “competing” independent of Jewish Court of Law (Beit Din) which will exclusively handle conversions.
Watch: Celebrating Joining the Jewish NationConverts from France, who spent their final year of study at the seminary in Yakir, completed the process in a moving ceremony.
MK: Conversion Could Help, or Damage, UnityMK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) said he was satisfied with the decision to reform the conversion system.
Taiwanese Christian to Religious Jew in SamariaChance encounter with French Jew on Taiwan taxi ride led Batsheva to Paris, lottery ticket led to conversion, then on to Eli in Samaria.
Bennett: I Will Represent Rabbi Riskin, if NeededEducation Minister Naftali Bennett slammed attempts to unseat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as Efrat chief rabbi as 'unacceptable.'
Rabbinate Hints May Not Renew Rabbi Riskin's TermThe Chief Rabbinate on Wednesday hinted that it was under strong pressure to remove Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as Chief Rabbi of Efrat
Poll: 86% Want Their Children to Marry JewishNew poll finds secular and religious alike want to continue the Jewish nation, amid disagreement over conversion strictness.
Conversion: 'An Orphan with a Large Family'Author Ashirah Yosefah concludes the dramatic story of her conversion with a surprising revelation about her own family's history.
Surviving Terrorism - to Become a JewDespite surviving a terror attack, and attempts to put her off converting, Ashirah Yosefah explains how she finally made it to the mikvah.
From Canada to Jerusalem: A Story of ConversionIn Part I of a three-part interview with Arutz Sheva, the coauthor of Spark Ignited discusses her journey from New Brunswick to Jerusalem.
Rabbi: Russian Jews Awakening to Their RootsRabbi Shmuel Kaminsky of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, discussed the mass Seder he presided over in a city where some fifty thousand Jews live.
Conversion Auth. Visits Bnei Menashe Immigrants660 members of the Indian Bnei Menashe tribe immigrated to Israel in 2014, where they will undergo conversion by Israel's Chief Rabbinate.
French Convert Dies Fighting for ISISRaphael Amar, 22, who converted to Islam four years ago, died last month fighting for ISIS. His father is a secular French Jew.
Troubled Jewish Hollywood Star Goes ChristianShia LaBeouf gets into new role by having tooth pulled, cutting face with knife, getting tattooed - and converting to Christianity.
Chetboun Lauds PM's 'Brave' Decision on ConversionJewish Home MK says Netanyahu 'preferred the unity of the Jewish people to the unity of the coalition'.
Dep. Min of Religion on The Conversion ControversyDept. Minister of Religions, MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, says there is only one way to diffuse the crisis threatening to split the Jewish world.
UK Rabbis Warn Israel Converts Won't Be RecognizedChief Rabbi David Lau meets with rabbis in London, who tell him controversial new conversion bill threatens to split Jewish world.
Watch: Hareidi Soldier's Reunion with Catholic MumDiego Tapia converted to Judaism; his mother and sister flew from Columbia as surprise for Nahal Hareidi completion ceremony.
Ex-South Leb. Soldier, Family Convert to JudaismOvadia and Rachel Oved started their lives as refugees from Lebanon, but now are living as observant Jews in northern Israel.
Revealed: The Trade-Off That Won Hatnua’s SupportLivni’s party agreed to back three controversial bills in exchange for govt. support for its own contested legislation.
Natalie Portman's Husband Converting to JudaismFrench dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied said that becoming Jewish is ‘very important’ to him.
The Spinning WheelThe Rabbinate’s decision to reverse itself on Rabbi Avi Weiss was not on the merits and entirely political.
Pakistani Jew Tries to Restore Karachi CommunityMan who recently discovered his maternal Jewish roots petitions Pakistani courts to have synagogue built and restore Jewish graves.
'Conversion Bill' to be Discussed in Knesset TodayControversial bill proposes the decentralization of the conversion process, allowance of local municipal Rabbinates to perform conversions
One Jew in a MillionBrazilian convert describes his journey to Judaism, his friends’ reactions, and his experience as the only Jew in a city of one million.
Jewish Communiy Collapse DisorderWhy the Reform Movement is trying to get a foothold in Israel (see Anat Hoffman of the Women of the Wall) and why they shouldn't be given one.
Report: New Gov't will Make Conversion 'Easier'Wide-ranging changes are expected in the role Jewish law plays in the life of the state, and many religious Jews are worried
Rav Druckman: I've Signed 50,000 ConversionsPrime Minister meets Rav Haim Druckman, who is ending his term as Head of Conversion Array.
Campaign: If Children Are Not Jewish – Tell ThemA new campaign encourages openness with children about their non-Jewish status. Parents told: don’t hide the truth for ‘normalcy.’
Rosen Welcomes 'Jewish' ID CardsTzomet founder Rabbi Israel Rosen welcomed Minister Yishai's decision to return the 'Jewish' designation to ID cards.
Memorial to be Held for FighterWednesday marks the anniversary of the death of Baruch Mizrahi, an Arab who converted to Judaism and fought in the Irgun resistance movement.
Shas MK Feels VindicatedMK Rabbi Chaim Amsalem (Shas), widely felt to be a party renegade, says he knew he was right all along in supporting IDF conversions to Judaism.
5,000th IDF Soldier ConvertsThe IDF remains a major impetus to conversion to Judaism, with the 5,000th conversion to take place soon.
Bill: Legalize IDF ConversionsMKs Rotem and Ilatov propose a bill that would make all IDF conversions in past, present and future legal and non-annullable.
Debate Over IDF ConversionsScandal as state representative terms IDF conversions invalid, MKs call to resolve issue immediately.
Chief Rabbi's Letter to NYTimesChief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has found a way to reach Jews who otherwise would not hear his sermons: though the pages of The New York Times.
The Real Road to Jewish UnityWhatever one thinks of the Rotem Conversion Bill, it raises an important, if uncomfortable, question: Is exporting American Jewish chaos to Israel really a road to Jewish unity?
Conversion Bill PostponedCompromise reached on conversion bill issue and discussion will be postponed for six months.
Netanyahu Digs in on ConversionPrime Minister threatens split in Jewish People if conversion law is passed; Chief Rabbi threatens split if it is not.
Coalition Threats On ConversionRabbi Amar thinks religious parties should say: pass the conversion law or we leave the government.
Halakhic Conversion LawKnesset Law Committee OKs first step of new conversion-to-Judaism law – stipulating for 1st time that conversions must be according to Jewish Law.
Stormy Conversion Bill DebateProposal to allow municipal Chief Rabbis to head rabbinical conversion courts was the subject of a stormy Knesset Law Committee session on Monday.
Law to Allow Civil MarriageYisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) seeks to ease marriage, conversion for Israel's non-Jewish citizens.
The Rabbi Avi Weiss Issue:Defending the Chief RabbinateRabbi Weiss may be qualified to attest to Jewish status, but one must also appreciate the justified apprehension of the Rabbinate regarding Open Orthodoxy’s fidelity to Orthodox norms and positions relating to more complex issues of halakhic lineage.