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“Combating sexual abuse is always on the forefront of everyone’s mind,” said the former president of Kesher's board of directors.
The town, which is situated 90 miles northwest of Marseille, had a large Jewish population in the 13th century.
The passage of the mikve law was perhaps the most serious incident of all in recent months.
In Jerusalem, with a population of over half a million Jews, there is just one accessible mikve, when it should have five.
By JEREMY SHARON
Law banning progressive conversions in public ritual baths comes into effect in April.
Yitzhak Yosef: It’s a shame judges are involving themselves with Halacha.
“This success shows that the hope of improving religious services is not lost, that they can reflect the needs of Israeli society while preserving Jewish law."
The US Jewish leadership lobbied heavily against the recently approved mikva law which essentially bans the Reform and Masorti movements from using public mikvas for their conversion ceremonies.
In order to allow UTJ’s law to pass, the attorney general’s office said that the government must put in place a solution for the Reform and Masorti Movements.
Reform, Masorti leaders denounce the law as un-Jewish, undemocratic, accuse prime minister of failing to keep promises.
The legislation has generated fury among leaders of the progressive movements in Israel and the US.
In recent years, a small number of women have insisted on their rights to use public mikvas without the presence of a mikva attendant.
Jewish law requires an attendant to be present for the immersion to be considered to have fulfilled the religious obligation to immerse.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB,JEREMY SHARON
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