By Rabbi Seth Farber, March 11, 2010
Despite its problems, this new conversion bill is a first step in transforming the conversion process in Israel. More than 300,000 non-Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union live in Israel. In the past year, less than 2,000 conversions were completed for them.
Unfortunately, because conversion in Israel is overly politicised, even the smallest nuances take on disproportionate significance. And while the strictly Orthodox protest and the Reform contest, potential converts wait for deliverance.