52% of Israeli Jews want state to make conversion easier

Israeli Jews strongly divided over whether state-run conversion system should be more lenient to prospective converts.Josefin Dolsten, JTA, 6/5/2019, 7:17 AM

The Passover problem that set me free

What happens when the son of a prominent Messianic leader leaves Christianity?Ira Michaelson and Rod Bryant, 4/2/2019, 4:10 AM

A river could be a tree - the story of Angela Himsel

A Jerusalem meeting with Angela Himsel, whose true story is so unusual that it could never make it as fiction. Rochel Sylvetsky, 3/1/2019, 3:06 PM

From Heil Hitler - to a Kippah and tefillin

Until a year and a half ago, Yonatan was still called Lutz. In the past he congratulated his friends with "Heil Hitler." Now he is a Jew.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/27/2018, 11:02 PM

The "are they Jewish" game

We like the unexpected revelations that someone famous is Jewish, but maybe we should be less enthusiastic nowadays. Jack Engelhard, 12/12/2018, 7:45 AM

Praise to the Chief Rabbinate for non-recognition of sham 'Conversion'

 In praise of the Chief Rabbinate's refusing to recognize wrongful “Conversions” by renegade rabbis.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 11/30/2018, 1:06 PM

Everything you always wanted to know about conversion

In this informative show we discuss what the potential convert can expect from beginning the process to appearing for a Beit Din.Ira Michaelson and Rod Bryant, 10/22/2018, 10:49 PM

"My name wasn't always Chana"

A convert's dream come true. She knew, even then, that there was something more to life.Sponsored Content, 10/22/2018, 3:10 PM

Conversion system head resigns

Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz resigns. MK Stern: 'Resignation attests to what we knew long ago about failure of State to deal with conversion issue.'Mordechai Sones, 10/17/2018, 3:04 PM

Ugandan student denied visa to study at Israeli yeshiva

Ugandan would-be student denied visa due to improperly performed conversion.JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/17/2018, 11:18 AM

'Converts to Judaism suffering because of gov't failure to act'

Deputy Defense Minister calls on government to appoint empower Chief Rabbi to handle conversion matters, says delay harming converts.Hezki Baruch, 10/9/2018, 9:30 PM

Government to recognize private conversion

Jerusalem court orders government to recognize private conversion performed by 'Giyur K'Halacha.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/13/2018, 8:50 AM

Rabbinate will not recognize Israel-Arab singer's conversion

Rabbinate says that singer Nasreen Qadri converted through independent program, will not be recognized as Jewish.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/3/2018, 5:55 PM

Popular Arab singer becomes Jewish

Singer Nasreen Qadri, born to Muslim family, finishes conversion process on 32nd birthday, adopting a new name - 'Bracha.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/3/2018, 8:55 AM

Rabbi Druckman: Conversion Law is good

Rabbi Haim Druckman says Moshe Nissim's Conversion Law outline would solve issue of illegitimate conversions, should not be opposed.Benny Toker, 7/18/2018, 8:47 PM

Rabbis' Conference: Cancel conversion plan

National religious and haredi rabbis express firm opposition to recommendations and call, 'bury Moshe Nissim's recommendations.'Mordechai Sones, 7/15/2018, 10:57 AM

Supreme Court temporarily blocks deportation of Ugandan Jew

Ugandan man who converted under auspices of Conservative movement given temporary reprieve from deportation.JTA, 6/14/2018, 8:42 PM

Proposal would strip Chief Rabbinate of control over conversion

Why the plan for new conversion authority has haredi, religious-Zionist, Reform, and Conservative leaders up in arms.JTA, 6/3/2018, 9:27 PM

Conservatives outraged Israel won't recognize Ugandan Jews

Interior Ministry rules not to recognize conversions of Ugandan Jews; Conservative Movement calls decision 'unlawful'.Mordechai Sones - JTA, 6/3/2018, 3:19 PM

Conversion committee recommendations cause trepidation

Rabbis call on Nissim Committee members who signed conversion recommendations to reverse position.Mordechai Sones, 6/3/2018, 12:51 PM

Dutch mosque: We converted 'Jewish nobleman' to Islam

A Dutch mosque says it converted a Holocaust survivor to Islam. Local Jews are skeptical.JTA, 5/10/2018, 8:51 AM

Lost Jews: From China to Jerusalem

Five young women from China reconnect with their Jewish roots, convert to Judaism in emotional ceremony in Jerusalem.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/2/2018, 11:17 AM

Separating politics from the core conversion issue

Getting to the heart of the conversion matter.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 3/7/2018, 5:28 PM

Needed: Full disclosure before conversion

Rabbis who perform conversions owe their clients full disclosure. Has anyone ever sold you something — a service, a product, a promise — only for you to learn later that you paid for something that was not what you thought? Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 2/25/2018, 7:34 AM

In this West African country, a Jewish community is forming

African community converts to Judaism, creating their country's first Jewish community.JTA, 1/27/2018, 6:52 PM

Conversion: The real story of how to be a Jew

Everything you always wanted to know about conversion, but were afraid to ask.Rod Bryant, 1/15/2018, 2:14 AM

Conservative movement sends angry letter to PM Netanyahu

Conservative movement slams Israel for not 'diversifying' determination of Judaism, calls status quo 'unconscionable.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/8/2017, 11:50 AM

'The Chief Rabbinate cannot serve only a tiny minority'

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow says Chief Rabbinate cannot adopt only the most extreme interpretations of Jewish law, serve only a small group.Eliran Baruch, 7/13/2017, 4:59 PM

Ivanka, not Yael

Converts should be persuaded to change name, but if they refuse, court must convert without stipulating conversion on name change.Mordechai Sones, 6/1/2017, 12:05 PM

Arab man held captive for desire to convert to Judaism, join IDF

Israeli-Arab teen locked away by family after saying he wishes to become Jewish, join Israeli army.David Rosenberg, 5/16/2017, 7:58 AM

Converts practice Pesach Seder

http://www.israelnationalnews.comYoni Kempinski, 4/5/2017, 12:00 PM

Trump to Ivanka's rabbi: You're doing good work

Trump attends National Prayer Day breakfast, praises Ivanka's rabbi.Chana Roberts, 2/6/2017, 11:23 AM

Israel denies aliyah to Venezuelan Conservative converts

Nine Venezuelans who converted by Conservative standards denied aliyah as they are not in a Jewish community.JTA and Arutz Sheva, 1/5/2017, 5:31 PM

Chief Rabbinate to create standard for overseas conversions

Chief Rabbinate commits to creating standards for recognizing rabbis it trusts on conversions,including the Rabbi who converted Ivanka TrumpJTA and Arutz Sheva, 12/7/2016, 9:56 PM

European rabbis work for unified standards in conversions

'Conversion courts need to coordinate more.'Yoni Kempinski, 11/16/2016, 9:01 AM

Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading US rabbi

Rabbinical Council of America fuming after Israeli Rabbinate rejects four conversions by leading American rabbinic authority.David Rosenberg, 9/25/2016, 10:03 PM

More French Jews converting to Islam

According to reports from Jewish leaders in France, there is concern about a rise in conversions to Islam from within the Jewish community.Yoel Domb, 9/15/2016, 11:33 AM

She hid her non-Jewishness until age 19

Student in religious high school "came out" as non-Jewish when National Service opened a conversion course.Hillel Fendel, 9/12/2016, 10:45 PM

Proposal: A simple solution to conversion crisis

Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, head of Crossroads Center for Jewish Law and Technology, proposes a simple solution to the raging conversion wars.Tal Polon, 8/3/2016, 2:58 PM

Rabbinic Court permits 'convert' to marry Cohen

Rabbinic Court rules on case of a woman from Bene Israel Indian community who underwent 'conversion' and married a Cohen.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/4/2016, 11:46 AM

Compromise reached over Mikveh law

As part of Knesset Law regarding ritual baths, 2-4 Reform and Conservative Mikvaot will be built.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/13/2016, 9:11 AM

British Jamaican finds God in Torah and Israel

What made a British Jamaican convert to Judaism and make Aliyah?Judy Simon, 6/10/2016, 3:10 PM

In Madagascar, new community chooses to be Jewish

121 people in Madagascar convert, viewing Judaism as a return to their roots and an overthrowing of last vestiges of colonialism.Deborah Josefson, 6/5/2016, 8:09 PM

Moving: Officer from Uzbekistan returns to Judaism

Watch: The emotional moment young daughter of a Jew in Uzbekistan officially completes conversion, after making Aliyah and enlisting.Ari Yashar, 6/2/2016, 6:42 PM

'I wanted so badly to be Jewish'

Hundreds of converts from the Ami Ulpan network gather at Western Wall ahead of Shavuot.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/31/2016, 2:41 PM

Terminally ill man allowed to convert and marry

After years of bureaucratic hardship, couple finally allowed to undergo Orthodox conversion, marry and make Aliyah.Shoshana Miskin, 4/18/2016, 12:08 PM

Conversion ruling dents Chief Rabbinate's control

Supreme Court decision on Jewish conversion changes almost nothing, but down the line, it could change a lot.Ben Sales, 4/4/2016, 9:35 PM

High Court: Private conversions get citizenship

Chief Rabbi slams giving official recognition to 'unsupervised pirate conversion industry,' MK Smotrich vows to draft a bill against it.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/31/2016, 6:46 PM

Many Palestinians, foreign workers try to convert

Knesset State Control Committee finds that 50% of requests to convert to Judaism come from foreign workers, Palestinians, infiltrators.Hezki Baruch, 3/29/2016, 3:21 PM

Report: New Conversion Courts Ease Obligations

At least one panel of new conversion courts doesn't require declared obligation to observe Jewish commandments, reports Haaretz.Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, 8/17/2015, 11:38 AM

Top Rabbis: We Only Accept Rabbinate Conversion

Rabbis Dov Lior, Chaim Shteiner, Tzvi Yisrael Tau, Eitan Eisman and over 30 others oppose independent conversion court.Arutz Sheva staff, 8/11/2015, 10:07 PM

Rabbi: Conversion Panel to Prevent Intermarriage

Rabbi David Stav, head of Tzohar, notes that independent conversion committee will strengthen Israeli Jews by preventing assimilation.Yoni Kempinski, 8/11/2015, 1:04 PM

Only 40% of Non-Jewish Olim Successfully Convert

Study on 20 years of data notes that conversion process of Jews from FSU has been a 'great failure' amid conversion controversy.Tova Dvorin, 8/11/2015, 9:49 AM

Rabbis Set Up 'Independent' Conversion Courts

A group of rabbis has set up a “competing” independent of Jewish Court of Law (Beit Din) which will exclusively handle conversions.Moshe Cohen, 8/10/2015, 6:51 PM

Watch: Celebrating Joining the Jewish Nation

Converts from France, who spent their final year of study at the seminary in Yakir, completed the process in a moving ceremony.Yoni Kempinski, 7/23/2015, 10:06 AM

MK: Conversion Could Help, or Damage, Unity

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) said he was satisfied with the decision to reform the conversion system.Moshe Cohen, 7/5/2015, 8:16 PM

Taiwanese Christian to Religious Jew in Samaria

Chance encounter with French Jew on Taiwan taxi ride led Batsheva to Paris, lottery ticket led to conversion, then on to Eli in Samaria.Ari Yashar, 6/3/2015, 1:49 PM