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The Conversion Bill and Diaspora Jewry

New legislation would redefine who gets to decide 'who is a Jew' – and while the law would apply only to Israelis, it would have implications for world Jewry.
Tani Frank is the Director of the Center for Judaism and State Policy at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Since 2013, Tani has worked with MK Elazar Stern (Major-General Res.) as a senior consultant for economic and legislative affairs, including the responsibility for drafting bills and promoting ideas on issues of religion and state. Following the 2015 elections in Israel, Tani was one of the founding directors of “Judaism for All,” an initiative focused on creating

“When dealing with the question of who can convert, we open the sensitive question, who is a Jew? Or rather, who can determine who is a Jew? Who sets the boundaries of this definition, at least in Israel? But even if it is ultimately a bill that mainly concerns the citizens of Israel, it is not possible to relegate such an issue to internal Israeli debate, since it has implications for the entire Jewish people.”

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