Israel high court orders state funding for non-Orthodox conversion classes Brian Jackson at 8:08 AM ET
[JURIST] The Israeli High Court of Justice [official website] on Tuesday ordered the government to fund non-Orthodox conversion institutions. The decision, handed down by a three-judge panel, breaks the monopoly [Jerusalem Post report] that Orthodox conversion institutions hold over public conversion funding. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism [advocacy website] applauded the decision [press release], with Associate Director Mark Pelavin saying is, "ends one of the longstanding manifestations of government discrimination against non-Orthodox Judaism." The Israeli Religious Action Center [advocacy website] also expressed hope [press release] that the verdict would, "lead to a change in government policy and put an end to the exclusion of the Reform movement by the State."
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