Prohibitions on civil and non-Orthodox weddings in Israel prevent 660,000 Jewish-Israelis — including 364,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union — from marrying in the Jewish state, according to a nonprofit promoting religious freedom in Israel.
Native-born Israelis who abandoned their traditional roots return to Jewish observance through Filipino women converted by the Reform movement.
Maybe it’s the centuries of living under Christian and Muslim rule. Maybe it’s the history of forced conversion. Maybe it’s that there’s no religion requirement for the Jewish afterlife.
A Wisconsin lawmaker has recorded a stunning video urging listeners to convert to Christianity. Jewish leaders are condemning Rep. Scott Allen’s holiday plea, which was recorded at a state-owned studio and sent to constituents via his official state email account.
An Israeli mother whom a rabbinical court declared to be not Jewish said in an appeal that the judges failed to satisfactorily explain their unusual decision.
Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major new document that drew the Church further away from the strained relations of the past.
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.