"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 American Orthodox 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

French Jews are converting to Islam and even joining ISIS

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 from Bnei Akiva friends 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

Search for Truth: 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 remote Madagascar, a 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 after years of struggle

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 of ritual

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 recognized for 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 trying to convert to Judaism

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: Independent Conversion Courts Water Down 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

Leading Rabbis: We Only Recognize 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

Top 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 Immigrants 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, Sans Rabbinate

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: Wrong Attitude on Conversion Could Tear Nation Asunder

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

From 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

Bennett: I Will Represent Rabbi Riskin, if Needed

Education Minister Naftali Bennett slammed attempts to unseat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as Efrat chief rabbi as 'unacceptable.'Moshe Cohen, 5/28/2015, 11:26 AM

Rabbinate Hints It May Not Renew Rabbi Riskin's Term

The Chief Rabbinate on Wednesday hinted that it was under strong pressure to remove Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as Chief Rabbi of EfratMoshe Cohen, 5/27/2015, 6:30 PM

Poll: 86% of Israelis Want Their Children to Marry Jewish

New poll finds secular and religious alike want to continue the Jewish nation, amid disagreement over conversion strictness.Ari Yashar, 5/25/2015, 2:09 PM

Conversion: 'Like Being 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.Gedalyah Reback, 4/29/2015, 6:01 PM

Surviving Terrorism - to Become a Jew

Despite surviving a terror attack, and attempts to put her off converting, Ashirah Yosefah explains how she finally made it to the mikvah.Gedalyah Reback, 4/27/2015, 10:52 AM

From Canada to Jerusalem: A Story of Conversion

In Part I of a three-part interview with Arutz Sheva, the coauthor of Spark Ignited discusses her journey from New Brunswick to Jerusalem.Gedalyah Reback, 4/19/2015, 5:50 PM

Chabad Rabbi: Thousands of Russian Jews Awaken to Their Roots

Rabbi Shmuel Kaminsky of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, discussed the mass Seder he presided over in a city where some fifty thousand Jews live.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/13/2015, 2:14 AM