On Sunday, June 26, 2017, the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill submitted by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, that would require the State to recognize only conversions to Judaism implemented under the supervision of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. The bill was supported by a majority of the members of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Immigration Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, both of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, opposed the bill and formally appealed the decision. The full cabinet must now vote to approve or reject the bill before it is submitted for consideration in the Knesset.
"We still have a lot of work to do. There are still differences. But we are hopeful that we will be able to come to a solution so that we do not have to face this again." Jerry Silverman, President and CEO , Jewish Federations of North America READ MORE >
The Jewish Agency also sincerely hopes that the spirit seen over the last two days will lead to the resolution of the issues surrounding the Western Wall, as provided by the agreement previously reached by all concerned.
Circumventing the May 2016 Supreme Court Ruling
Upending the Status Quo
Implications for the Jewish People around the World