5. Unity of the Jewish People Committee

The Jewish Agency for Israel

 

The Board of Governors

 

October 2010                Heshvan 5771

 

Resolution: Unity of the Jewish People Committee

 

Whereas the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) has been committed throughout its history to advancing the unity of the Jewish People; and

 

Whereas JAFI has primary responsibility on behalf of the Jewish People to promote aliyah and ease the absorption of olim; and

 

Whereas many olim brought to
Israel
pursuant to the Law of Return and their offspring are not Jewish under halacha; and

 

Whereas JAFI, through its Committee for the Unity of the Jewish People and the Institute for Jewish Studies which JAFI sponsors, has worked to make the process of conversion more accommodative to applicants; and

 

Whereas the Nativ program, which facilitates Jewish instruction and conversion for applicants serving in the Israel Defense Forces, is sponsored by JAFI in collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces; and

 

Whereas on October 21, 2010 the Chief Rabbinate Council decided to establish a commission to examine the conversion carried out through the Nativ program; and

 

Whereas JAFI is extremely concerned that the establishment of the commission will cast unwarranted doubts on the validity of conversions accomplished through the Nativ program and discourage those who look to the program as an appropriate and valid method by which to embrace a Jewish identity.

 

Now Therefore the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for
Israel
hereby:

Calls upon the Chairman of the Executive to convene an emergency meeting of the "roundtable", established at the request of the Prime Minister, and other relevant parties to reverse the establishment of the commission authorized by the Chief Rabbinate Council to examine conversions in the Israel Defense Forces;

Supports the taking of any and all appropriate measures necessary to reverse the establishment of the committee created by the Chief Rabbinate Council, including, if necessary, legal measures to seek the invalidation of the decision. 

 

 

 

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