Rabbi in Jewish certificate scam

The former senior rabbi of a town near Tel Aviv has been found guilty of receiving cash in exchange for certificates showing that people had converted to Judaism.

People certified as Jews can claim Israeli citizenship
People certified as Jews can claim Israeli citizenship

A tribunal heard how Rabbi Yitzhak Barda from Ramat Gan had taken part in a scam under which applicants wrote to another rabbi in France in order to receive a certificate stating they were Jewish.

Under Israeli law, any certified Jew is entitled to Israeli citizenship.

Barda was found guilty on Sunday and is to be sentenced at a later date.

The court rejected Barda’s argument the money he received was to be used for “religious institutions”. The sums involved were not known.

Source : AFP

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