Good News: Another Clarification, Messianics in Israel

I have been saying that I think the recent Israeli Supreme Court decision might have broader application than just Messianic Jews whose mother is not Jewish but whose father is. I just received an opinion from an attorney involved in the case that agrees with me. Here is what the attorney in Israel says:

1. If father is Jewish, either of father’s parents are Jewish or father of mother is Jewish (if mother of mother is not) – one can immigrate freely based on this new decision.

2. If mother is Jewish and father is Christian and applicant was raised as a Christian – can immigrate based on claim that they didn’t “willfully” change religion. This however has not been fully tested at Supreme Court level.

3. If both father and mother are Jewish – one is still in very precarious situation in light of Beresford decision.


About Derek Leman

IT guy working in the associations industry. Formerly a congregational rabbi. Dad of 8. Nerd.
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