Israeli court rules for some converts

Those who convert to Judaism after immigrating to Israel can receive automatic citizenship, Israel’s high court ruled. Monday’s ruling by the High Court of Justice, which capped seven years of deliberations, was a victory for those who move to Israel for religious studies and then convert abroad, usually via Reform or Conservative rabbis. But the court stopped short of formally recognizing non-Orthodox conversions. It gave the state 45 days to prepare its arguments for preserving the status quo, in which Israel’s Interior Ministry accepts only Orthodox converts for immediate naturalization under the country’s Law of Return.

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