Conversion

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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Keeping the faith - or a marriage of convenience?

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

In Rabbi Jonathan Romain's conversion class, there have been couples converting together, religious Christians, an ex-Muslim convert, policemen, soldiers and housewives.

But although converts come to him from all walks of life, as the Movement for Reform Judaism's conversion expert Rabbi Romain has identified some key trends.

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Algerian convert wins deportation appeal

By Simon Rocker, October 19, 2011

An Algerian asylum-seeker who was threatened with deportation has won temporary respite after a judge granted him leave to remain in Britain.

But Krim Aitziane, 49, still faces an uncertain future after the Home Office said that it would contest the immigration tribunal ruling.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: "We are extremely disappointed with the court's judgment and we are appealin

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Algerian Liberal convert now faces deportation

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

An asylum-seeker from Algeria who converted to Judaism in the UK is facing deportation after being detained by immigration officials this week.

Jews from Birmingham and Leicester are concerned for Krim Aitziane, who was removed from the Midlands to a detention centre near Gatwick on Monday.

Mr Aitziane, thought to be 49, received a Liberal conversion in the UK, but dresses strictly Orthodox

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Conversions cause political storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 16, 2010

The Knesset voted unanimously on Wednesday in favour of a law affirming the conversions carried out by the IDF's rabbinate, despite warnings by the Charedi parties of a political crisis.

The Shas leader, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, said following the vote that: "If the law goes ahead, we will consider leaving the coalition".

Shas and United Torah Judaism both oppose the law which will give conversions performed in the IDF the same status as those carried out by the civilian conversion courts of the Chief Rabbinate.

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Hall of Fame: Leonardo DiCaprio

December 6, 2010

"Leo's sudden intense interest in Israel, its culture and religion is the clearest sign yet that he intends to marry Bar.

"He is looking into converting for her."

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Israel's conversion crisis was fabricated

By Nathan Jeffay, November 18, 2010

Israel's converts can breathe a sigh of relief -a new conversion crisis has been averted.

Two months ago in the High Court, a lawyer representing the state cast doubt on Jewishness of the 4,500 people who had converted through the military. Its objection was procedural: while civilian conversions pass the desk of Shlomo Amar, the Sephardic chief rabbi, IDF conversions do not.

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Lecturer's sacking 'not because of conversion'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 20, 2010

An Israeli lecturer in modern Hebrew who claimed she was made redundant because of her conversion from Judaism to Christianity has had her case of religious discrimination dismissed.

At an employment tribunal in Reading, Judge Lewis upheld Dr Tali Argov's complaint of unfair dismissal, but ruled that the academic was not entitled to any compensation.

Dr Argov had been working at the Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies for eight years when she converted to Anglicanism in January 2008.

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Ultimately, converts will be the losers

By Seth Farber, July 22, 2010

Whatever happens in the end to the conversion law, the real losers are the potential converts. Neither the bill - which was proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu in an effort to ease the road for converts in Israel - or the virulent response of the North American Jewish community, which tried to kill the bill, was going to significantly improve the chaos that has characterised conversion in Israel for the past decade.

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