In a landmark decision, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that mikvaos in the country must open up to non-Orthodox conversion rites, JTA reports.
Until now, Israeli mikvaos have denied access for conversion immersions to Reform and Conservative converts. Israel’s mikvaos are run by Israel’s Religious Services Ministry, which works with the Israeli Rabbinate.
The ruling, based on a case brought in Beer Sheva according to JTA, forces all Israel’s public mikvaos to allow access to groups wishing to perform non-Orthodox conversions, another victory for the Reform movement and its campaign to cause a churban to the conversion process.
The move was hailed by Gilad Kariv, the president of Israel’s Reform movement, and Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel