Israeli Interior Ministry: Recognize the Abayudaya as a Jewish Community

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The Abayudaya Jewish Community in Uganda began practicing Judaism about 100 years ago, and recently officially converted to Judaism through the Conservative movement. The Jewish Agency considers them to be a recognized Jewish community, but the Israeli Interior Ministry has the final say on such matters. In June 2018, the Israeli Interior Ministry ruled not to recognize the Abayudaya as a Jewish community, thus preventing them from making Aliyah under the Law of Return. This is a slap in the face to the Abayudaya who have faithfully practiced Judaism for nearly 100 years and have undergone a formal conversion process through the Conservative movement. This is also an affront to the Conservative movement and to the Jewish Agency, both of whom recognize the Abayudaya as a Jewish community. 

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