Parents would be able to adopt a child of another religion, according to a bill
by MK Adi Kol (Yesh Atid) that passed in its preliminary Knesset reading
Kol proposed the bill after receiving complaints from secular
parents who attempted to adopt non-Jewish children and have them converted to
Judaism. Some rabbinical conversion courts would not allow the child to convert
if he was not going to be raised in a home that keeps Shabbat and kashrut, by
parents who pray and commit to giving the child a religious education.
such, there is discrimination against secular, Conservative and Reform parents
in the adoption process.
The original law is meant to take the child's
culture into consideration. However, Kol's bill, which passed with 39 in favor
and 10 opposed, allows family courts to make exceptions in such
The adoption bill also marks the end of Kol's
In July, when Kol voted against coalition discipline on
electoral reform, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid faction chairman
Ofer Shelah condemned her to not being able to submit any legislation until