Conversion

Conversion reform makes history

By Nathan Jeffay, November 6, 2014

Israel's government has enacted one of the most important conversion reforms in the history of the state, potentially making it far easier for citizens to become Jewish.

The law could have a direct bearing on around 330,000 "olim", mostly from the Former Soviet Union, who are not Jewish but entered Israel under the Law of Return, which grants citizenship to people who have Jewish ancestry but w

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Anger over Jews For Jesus Auschwitz film

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Jewish, Christian and Holocaust education groups have condemned a “sickening” promotional video that depicts Jesus being sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz.

The That Jew Died For You video was produced by Jews for Jesus, a group that seeks to convert Jews to belief in Jesus as the messiah.

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Don't don that niqab, Madge

By Julie Burchill, October 23, 2013

On hearing that Madonna is reading the Koran, and might be converting from Kabbalism to Islam, I must admit that my first reaction was not sorrow or outrage but rather a bone-deep weariness.

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No need to move the goalposts

By Rabbi Daniel Rowe, June 11, 2013

Cecil Roth ended his History of the Jews with a challenge: "Throughout our history, there have been weaker elements who have shirked the sacrifices which Judaism entailed.

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We don't 'marry out'. We are made to

By Ben Rich, May 23, 2013

"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." - Ruth 1:16

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Spanish student rabbi with a mission

By Simon Rocker, October 5, 2012

Haim Casas has just arrived in London as one of the new crop of rabbinic students at the Leo Baeck College. It is not a career that would have originally crossed his mind growing up in a Catholic family in Cordoba, Spain.

But his journey to Judaism was not just a new beginning: it was also, after centuries, a kind of return.

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Rabbis' rage after judge insists that a girl of 10 can convert

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Rabbis have criticised a judge for ruling that a Jewish 10-year-old from Essex can convert to Christianity against the wishes of her mother and all four grandparents.

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Reform conversions are on the rise again

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

The Reform movement is expecting a rise in conversions of more than a quarter this year — what may be its highest number on record.

Conversions are projected to reach 190 by the end of the year, compared with 144 cases — 105 adults and 39 children — last year. The Beth Din has already had to lay on two extra sessions to cope with the demand and is fully booked until January.

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Tabick achieves another first at Reform Beit Din

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Once Britain's first woman rabbi, Jackie Tabick is now the first female convenor of the Reform movement's Beit Din, following the retirement of Rabbi Rodney Mariner.

She will take up the part-time post in April, while continuing her congregational role as rabbi of North-West Surrey Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Tabick will oversee the authority at a time of increased applications for conversion.

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Drew, our Jewish wedding singer

By Julie Burchill, February 3, 2012

So Drew Barrymore may be converting to Judaism. Perhaps when she marries art consultant Will Kopelman in a traditional Jewish ceremony later this year, Adam Sandler will be the best man and seafood will be noticeable by its absence at the bridal buffet.

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