Resolution on Conversions and Pluralism in Israel

WHEREAS the State of Israel has refused to recognize the conversions performed by the בית דין of the Rabbinical Assembly in Israel; and

WHEREAS such conversions are conducted according to the requirement of הלכה; and

WHEREAS we deplore the monopoly of the Chief Rabbinate in conversions and in marriages.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Rabbinical Assembly support the continued efforts by the Masorti Movement to obtain recognition by the State of Israel for these conversions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Rabbinical Assembly one again call upon the Government of Israel to change its policy in these matters and to recognize the legitimacy of pluralism within Judaism and to act with equity toward all streams of Judaism.

Passed by the Rabbinical Assembly Plenum, June, 2001