Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search


October 17, 1984

THE DEBATE IN ISRAEL: The term ''Jew'' is not defined in the ''law of return,'' which entitles any Jew to immediate Israeli citizenship. A bill proposed this year in the Israeli parliament would amend the ''law of return'' to define a Jew as either a person born of a Jewish mother, or a person converted to Judaism by an Orthodox rabbi. So anyone converted to Judaism by a Reform or Conservative rabbi would not be recognized as a Jew by Israel.

Skip to next paragraph

The proposal has been bitterly attacked by American Reform and Conservative rabbis, whose movements include the bulk of American Jews.