Conservative and Reform Leaders Meet with Sharansky and Silverman
The leaders of the Conservative and Reform religious movements in North American Jewry met Tuesday with Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky at a meeting hosted by Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America.
The amendments would, for the first time, place legislative authority for conversion under the offices of the Chief Rabbi. Leaders of Diaspora Jewry and the religious streams objected to the amendments that placed conversion in the hands of one religious stream because conversion is, by its nature, directly linked to the Law of Return and is therefore a matter affecting the world Jewish community.
Media Coverage of the Conversion Bill
Coverage of recent developments:
Conversion bill still troubles U.S. Jewish leaders, JTA, June 9th
PM: Conversions bill won't cause a rift, Ynet, June 6th
PM backs dialogue on conversion bill 'to ensure unity', The Jerusalem Post, June 5th
Older articles include:
Conversion Division, Letter to the Editor by Reuven Hammer, The Jerusalem Post, May 4th.
Pulling the wool over our eyes, by Andy Sacks, The Jerusalem Post, May 3rd.
U.S. Jews Fight Israeli Laws On Conversion, Huffington Post, May 5th.
Free-market Judaism, Editorial by The Jerusalem Post, May 3rd.
Israel Conversion Bill A Hard Sell To U.S. Jews, The Jewish Week, April 27th.
Jewish Leaders Oppose Conversion Bill, The Jerusalem Post, May 2nd.
She doesn't live here anymore, April 30th
Morris Allen's response to "She doesn't live here" article. May 4th