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Chief rabbis: Reform, Conservative converts are not Jews

Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef criticizes the High Court decision recognizing non-Orthodox conversions, and urges the Knesset to advance legislation to cancel it.

He calls the decision “extremely regrettable.”

“What the Reform and Conservative [movements] term ‘conversion’ is nothing but a falsification of Judaism and will mean including thousands of Gentiles among the people of Israel,” says Yosef.

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau says: “Those who converted through Reform conversions and the like are not Jewish. No High Court decision will change that fact.”

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau (L) and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef convene an emergency meeting against a new proposal to overhaul the conversion to Judaism system in the country on June 3, 2018 (Courtesy of the Chief Rabbinate spokesperson)
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