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Chief Rabbinate to Decide on “vienna Conversions’ on Merits of Each Case

The Chief Rabbinate took an equivocal stand today on the “Vienna conversions” performed by members of a religious court there on the non-Jewish spouses of immigrants bound for Israel. The rabbinate, which has questioned the qualifications of some of the rabbis performing the conversions, said today that it would not recognize them but at the same time would not declare them invalid, and would decide the issue on the merits of each case.