Terror Victim Sought To Become Jewish

Young Ecuadorian woman’s path to Judaism was slowed by complicated conversion laws.

10/28/2014 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Karen Mosquera, the latest victim of terrorism in Israel, was buried in world’s most revered Jewish cemetery on Monday — the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. She was laid to rest by a charedi burial society, and mourned at the funeral by large Orthodox crowds from Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.

Mourners observe the body Karen Mosquera during her funeral Monday. Getty Images

Shia Labeouf Becomes A Christian -- Which Celebs Became Jewish?

Lebouf, who had a bar mitzvah, says he 'found God' with the help of co-star Brad Pitt.

10/27/2014 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Shia Labeouf has found religion. Again.

Jewish-born actor Shia Labeouf converts to Christianity. Wikipedia.

From Brooklyn With Love

Haredi community rallies around Chattanooga family converting to Judaism.

06/02/2014 - 20:00

Just in time for Shavuot, with its reading of the Book of Ruth about Judaism’s first convert, a modern-day conversion of a Tennessee family of 12 has prompted an outpouring of support from a Brooklyn haredi community.

The McJunkins of Tennessee, former Baptists, all converted to Judaism in a Brooklyn ceremony this week.  Eli Wohl/VIN News

Israel Doesn’t Want Me

A convert -- also a Reform rabbi -- is saddened, but not surprised that Israel is questioning Orthodox conversions.

02/25/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I read with concern and sadness about some American Jews who want to make aliyah, and whose Orthodox conversions, performed years ago in the U.S., are now being questioned by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and its Ministry of Interior (“New Convert Snub By Israel Fuels Fresh Anger Here,” Feb. 8).

Rabbi Heidi Hoover
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