Lapid: Government betrayed Soviet Union immigrants and Jewry through repeal of conversion reforms

Yesh Atid leader MK Yair Lapid issued harsh criticism in a faction meeting in the Knesset on Monday about decisions made Sunday by the government cancelling the conversion reforms approved by the last government and transferring the Rabbinical courts from the Justice Ministry to the Religious Affairs Ministry.

Lapid said the two decisions were “an act of betrayal against women, new immigrants, and world Jewry.”

The conversion reforms, approved by a cabinet vote in November 2014, permitted municipal chief rabbis to establish their own conversion courts, thereby allowing Orthodox rabbis with a more lenient approach to conversion than the rabbinate to convert greater numbers of non-Jewish Israelis of Jewish descent.


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