Chief Rabbinate accused of ‘outrageous inefficiency’

The Chief Rabbinate’s department for Jewish and marital status has been accused of a series of shortcomings and bad practices in dealing with the various requests that come before it for recognition of various religious-status issues.

The most severe complaints related to Orthodox converts from the US who wished to have their conversions recognized by the state, but had their requests refused with no explanation after a wait of up to a year and a half.

The ITIM religious services advisory and lobbying organization frequently assists people requiring clarification and approval of their personal status from the rabbinate, sending their requests and required documentation on to the department for Jewish and marital status on their behalf.


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