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  • Mazal Tov: Baby in the mikveh

    In this cute-beyond-words video, ten-week-old Clara Grossman becomes an official MOT when parents Ricky and Jennifer Grossman immerse her in the ritual waters of Mayyim Hayyim, a community mikveh in Newton, Mass. Jennifer hadn’t quite completed her conversion when Clara was born. So to make sure she’s accepted by Jews beyond the Grossmans’ Reform community,… More ▸

  • Agreeing with Rabbi Amar on conversion bill

    To the Editor: Having read the Op-Ed by the chief rabbi and the Conservative/Reform and Jewish Federations of North America responses, I was surprised that I found myself agreeing with Chief Rabbi Amar on several points. I say surprised because I had always seen this type of bill as a potential split in world Jewry…. More ▸

  • Op-Ed: On conversion in Israel, there is a way

    A Jewish Agency official says the agency’s new strategic plan will broaden and increase future funding to programs like Nativ, a crash course in Judaism that presents an opportunity to fast-track the conversion process through the Israel Defense Forces. More ▸

  • Guest Post: Nativ helps IDF soldiers convert

    As the controversy over the conversion issue reached a fever pitch last week, a group of IDF soldiers shuffled past flowerbeds into classrooms at the Jewish Agency’s Kiryat Moriah educational center in Jerusalem. Four hundred soldiers, many of them immigrants, come together from every army unit for 14 hours a day of learning. Today’s lesson… More ▸

  • Opponents alarmed as Israeli conversion bill moves ahead

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Opponents of a controversial bill that could give the Orthodox Rabbinate the final say over conversions in Israel are trying to keep the bill from moving ahead in the Israeli Knesset after its surprise introduction and passage by a Knesset committee. For months, Israeli lawmakers have been discussing a bill that… More ▸