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  • Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is a threat to Jewish unity and democracy

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Last week, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, explained a point of ritual by likening a black child born to white parents to a “monkey.” Immediately following the publication of his racist remarks, a storm erupted. It was widely broadcast, including by JTA, Newsweek and the Palestinian media. Britain’s chief rabbi called…

  • Landmark conversions ruling is a victory for religious freedom in Israel

    (JTA) — The Israeli Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling on conversion is a truly historic decision – for Israeli and American Jewry. While the case only concerns a few individuals, the general rules and unequivocal language have wide significance for both Israeli and American Jewry. The ruling represents another blow to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s…

  • Op-Ed: Proposed Israeli conversion bill is deeply flawed

    Under the guise of helping immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union, a proposed Knesset bill on conversions actually strengthens the power of the Chief Rabbinate, jeopardizing the achievements of non-Orthodox movements, argues the head of an organization that advocates for religious freedom and equality in Israel.