'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

Conversion Authority Visits with Bnei Menashe Immigrants

660 members of the Indian Bnei Menashe tribe immigrated to Israel in 2014, where they will undergo conversion by Israel's Chief Rabbinate.Yoni Kempinski, 3/12/2015, 8:21 AM

French Convert with Jewish Father Dies Fighting for ISIS

Raphael Amar, 22, who converted to Islam four years ago, died last month fighting for ISIS. His father is a secular French Jew.Cynthia Blank, 11/13/2014, 2:12 PM

Troubled Jewish Hollywood Star Shia LaBeouf Goes Christian

Shia LaBeouf gets into new role by having tooth pulled, cutting face with knife, getting tattooed - and converting to Christianity.Ari Yashar, 10/28/2014, 5:44 PM

Chetboun Lauds PM's 'Brave' Decision on Conversion

Jewish Home MK says Netanyahu 'preferred the unity of the Jewish people to the unity of the coalition'.Hezki Baruch, Gil Ronen, 10/21/2014, 10:12 AM

What's the Solution to Israel's Conversion Controversy?

Dept. Minister of Religions, MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, says there is only one way to diffuse the crisis threatening to split the Jewish world.Rochel Sylvetsky, 10/7/2014, 9:57 PM

World Rabbis Warn Israeli Converts Won't Be Recognized

Chief Rabbi David Lau meets with rabbis in London, who tell him controversial new conversion bill threatens to split Jewish world.Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar, 9/10/2014, 3:28 PM

Watch: Hareidi Soldier's Surprise Reunion with Catholic Mother

Diego Tapia converted to Judaism; his mother and sister flew from Columbia as surprise for Nahal Hareidi completion ceremony.Ari Yashar, 5/16/2014, 1:45 PM

Ex-South Lebanon Soldier and Family Convert to Judaism

Ovadia and Rachel Oved started their lives as refugees from Lebanon, but now are living as observant Jews in northern Israel.David Lev, 3/16/2014, 7:18 PM

Hatnua Backed Controversial Bills in Exchange for Conversion Law

Livni’s party agreed to back three controversial bills in exchange for govt. support for its own contested legislation.Maayana Miskin, 3/13/2014, 10:06 AM

Natalie Portman's Husband Converting to Judaism

French dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied said that becoming Jewish is ‘very important’ to him.Gil Ronen, 1/30/2014, 8:10 AM

The Spinning Wheel

The Rabbinate’s decision to reverse itself on Rabbi Avi Weiss was not on the merits and entirely political. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, 1/16/2014, 10:41 PM

Pakistani Jew Tries to Restore Karachi Community

Man who recently discovered his maternal Jewish roots petitions Pakistani courts to have synagogue built and restore Jewish graves.Ari Yashar, 1/13/2014, 12:28 PM

'Conversion Bill' to be Discussed in Knesset Today

Controversial bill proposes the decentralization of the conversion process, allowance of local municipal Rabbinates to perform conversionsTova Dvorin , 11/3/2013, 9:47 AM

One Jew in a Million

Brazilian convert describes his journey to Judaism, his friends’ reactions, and his experience as the only Jew in a city of one million.Maayana Miskin, 8/14/2013, 5:50 PM

Jewish Communiy Collapse Disorder

Why 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.Dr. Harold Goldmeier, 5/22/2013, 11:52 AM

Report: New Coalition 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 worriedDavid Lev, 3/10/2013, 6:35 PM

Rav Druckman: I've Signed 50,000 Conversions

Prime Minister meets Rav Haim Druckman, who is ending his term as Head of Conversion Array.Gil Ronen, 2/8/2012, 7:46 PM

Campaign: If Children Are Not Jewish – Tell Them

A new campaign encourages openness with children about their non-Jewish status. Parents told: don’t hide the truth for ‘normalcy.’Maayana Miskin, 10/23/2011, 8:09 PM

Rabbi Rosen: ID Cards Don't Affect Halachic Jewishness

Tzomet founder Rabbi Israel Rosen welcomed Minister Yishai's decision to return the 'Jewish' designation to ID cards.INN Staff, 6/23/2011, 6:14 AM

Memorial to be Held for Irgun Fighter who Converted to Judaism

Wednesday marks the anniversary of the death of Baruch Mizrahi, an Arab who converted to Judaism and fought in the Irgun resistance movement.Elad Benari, 4/13/2011, 4:14 AM