March 23rd, 2017

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No fanfare for Venezuelan arrivals in Israel

The story of the three families from the rural town of Maracay garnered international headlines and caused a dispute between the Interior Ministry, the Jewish Agency and the Conservative movement as the former rejected their aliya applications, stating that they did not meet the requirements for converts to make aliya due to a lack of affiliation with a recognized Jewish community prior to their conversions.

In January, a solution was reached in the Knesset that the group, which had gone through Conservative conversions, would be converted again immediately by a Conservative rabbi and be allowed to come straight to Israel on A5 visas. They would be entitled to receive the social benefits granted to olim, and after being affiliated with a recognized Jewish community for at least nine months following their second conversion, should qualify for citizenship.


More in the Jerusalem Post article.

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