Actress Zooey Deschanel has converted to Judaism.
Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called for an intensified effort to convert Jews to Christianity.
In the latest challenge to Israel’s supreme religious authority, several Orthodox rabbis have begun to perform weddings for converts who are not recognized by the Chief Rabbinate.
Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi accused the founders of a private conversion court of “fighting against the Torah.”
Six minors were converted to Judaism by a rebel religious court on Monday. The small group of Orthodox rabbis who sat on the beit din and supported the act, led by rabbis David Stav and Nahum Rabinowitz, are all veteran pulpit rabbis and the heads of respected yeshivas. Their defiance of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and the entire Orthodox rabbinical hierarchy could signal the most significant split in Orthodox Jewry in centuries.
As part of a major new initiative it is launching, the Jewish Agency plans to provide conversion services abroad not only to Orthodox communities – but also to Conservative and Reform communities.
Since her conversion, Ayanna Nahmias has gone on a lot of bad dates with Orthodox Jews. Now that her biracial son is of age, how can she instill in him the hope of finding a loving Jewish partner?
I have a confession: I am a convert regarding conversions. That’s the stark realization I reached as chairman of the Rabbinical Council of America’s recent conversion review committee.
EDITORIAL: When it comes to conversion, America and Israel seem to be headed in two different directions. Is this really the moment for Israel to shun would-be Jews?