Israel’s Reform Movement scored a major victory in a landmark ruling from the High Court of Justice on Tuesday. The three justice panel headed by court president, Justice Dorit Beinish, stated Absorption Ministry funds must be made available to the Reform Movement’s conversion program – providing equal budgeting as is done for existing [Orthodox] conversion programs. The court’s ruling went as far as to order retroactive funding for the past three years.
The petition was filed by the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism, the Reform Movement, maintaining funding must be given to all streams of Judaism preparing candidates for conversion, stating to date, non-Orthodox programs have been discriminated against.
Justice Beinish explained that in order to adhere to principles of freedom of religion, the state must support conversion programs of all streams of Judaism.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)