How does one become a Jew? The issue of conversion in Israel has significance beyond personal identity – it impacts a convert’s status in marriage registration, the status of one’s children, and even the location of one’s burial plot. And yet, Israel has no laws governing conversion. The forthcoming conversion reform relies on an agreement between parties in the coalition to delegate authority from the chief rabbinate to local rabbis who can be more involved in each conversion.
Watch Tani Frank, Director of the Center for Judaism and State Policy at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem discuss new legislation in Israel on the issue of conversion.