NGO petitions for info from rabbinate about Jewish-status-decision criteria

The ITIM religious services advisory and lobbying organization has submitted a freedom of information petition to the Jerusalem Administrative Court for access to information used by the Chief Rabbinate to approve or deny Jewish status documentation from the Diaspora.

In particular, the organization has requested access to a purported list of rabbis the Chief Rabbinate has drawn up whose documentation it accepts to testify to Jewish status, as well as the criteria by which such rabbis are approved.

Immigrants in Israel are generally required to provide proof of their Jewish status when register for marriage, such as a letter from a community rabbi. Converts must provide their certificate of conversion and divorcées must show a certificate of divorce.


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