Jul 13, 2010

Masorti Foundation: "Immediate Action Required Prevent Passage of Conversion Bill"

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Dear Friends,          
            In March, we wrote to many of you about proposed legislation in the Knesset which, under the guise of helping address the conversion problem for olim from the former Soviet Union, would have granted legal standing to the control of the Chief Rabbinate and would, additionally, discriminate against Jews By Choice in terms of rights under The Law of Return.
            On Monday, a version of the proposed legislation, with language added by Shas which would make it even more problematic, was approved by a 5-4 vote in the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. This happened despite public assurances by Prime Minister Netanyahu that no action would be taken until Natan Sharansky, Chair of the Jewish Agency, and the non-Orthodox streams had collectively worked on an appropriate solution.
            This proposed legislation is extremely damaging to Israel-Diaspora relations. Its proponents are pushing for speedy passage by the full Knesset. You must help stop this.
            Please click below to send an email to the Prime Minister recording your objections. Please forward this email to your friends and congregants and urge them to follow your lead in writing to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Speed matters. Please act right away. We are joined in this battle by leaders of the Reform movement and the Jewish Federations of North America.
            It is important to note for the record that Natan Sharansky has been extremely cooperative, constructive and helpful. He has expressed to the Knesset his own displeasure with regard to the actions being taken.
Click here to ask Prime Minister Netanyahu to prevent passage of the MK David Rotem Conversion Bill.
David H. Lissy
Executive Director & CEO
Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel
To learn more, please contact:
Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 832
New York, NY 10115-0068
(212) 870-2216; 1-877-287-7414
http://www.masorti.org/; info@masorti.org