Ne'eman Committee

   Committee established in 1988 and headed by then finance minister Yaacov Ne'eman (under the Benjamin Netanyahu government) and comprised of representatives of the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform streams of Judaism in Israel. It was mandated to achieve consensus on interdenominational disputes over such issues as the right of non-Orthodox rabbis to perform conversions and marriages and to sit on influential local religious councils, in order to preempt petitions on these issues before the Supreme Court of Israel. Despite limited successes, including the agreement to establish an institute for religious conversions that would be operated by representatives of all streams of Judaism, the overall effectiveness of the work of the Ne'eman Committee was marred by continuing mistrust among its participants.
   See also Law of Return (1950); Who is a Jew.

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