Prove yourself Jewish: “The Chief Rabbinate was unconvinced by one of the documents and thought it raised the possibility that Mikhail was not Jewish”

Rabbis making it harder for Israeli immigrants to prove they’re Jewish
by Marcy Oster
July 25, 2019

Mikhail (not his real name), who immigrated to Israel with his parents during a wave of migration from the countries of the former Soviet Union, recently was engaged. He went to the Chief Rabbinate to register his upcoming wedding — couples must prove their Jewish identity — and like many “Russian” Israelis was asked to return with documents proving his Jewishness. Mikhail was asked to present seven different documents that included things like his grandparent’s Jewish marriage contract and his mother’s birth certificate. READ MORE

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