Our Rabbinical Assembly celebrates the decision yesterday of Israel's High Court that affirms Conservative/Masorti and Reform conversions to Judaism, performed in Israel, are valid for the purposes of the Law of Return.
The vote of the expanded nine-justice panel maintains a nearly two-decade Israeli practice of recognizing for the Law of Return Jews who convert under the auspices of either movement, and rebukes recent Knesset efforts to restrict religious freedom in Israel. The ruling ends a 15-year appeal that began when 12 people converted to Judaism through the Conservative/Masorti movement. This was a very long time coming. Not swift justice, but sweet and righteous just the same.
We learn in Jeremiah (29:14) “And I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will return your captivity and gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will return you to the place whence I exiled you.”