Tzohar call on Ethiopian community to register for marriage with organization

The Tzohar rabbinical association called on Tuesday for members of the Ethiopian community to register for marriage through the offices of Tzohar instead of at their local religious council, owing to the refusal of some local rabbinates to approve their Jewish status.

Tzohar’s step comes against the background of anger among the Ethiopian community at ongoing discrimination in general within Israeli society as well as a fierce political war between the chief rabbinate and the Tzohar organization, specifically over marriage registration as well as conversion policy.

Ethiopian Israelis have frequently complained that certain local rabbinates refuse to register them for marriage owing to the refusal of some chief municipal rabbis to accept them as Jewish.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Tzohar-call-on-Ethiopian-community-to-register-for-marriage-with-organization-404131

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