Approval of Jewish Status is required of anyone registering for marriage in Israel. One whose parents were married in Israel need only present his/her parents’ Ketubah and marriage certificate issued to them by the Rabbinate upon their marriage. If a sibling from his/her mother’s side was already married under the auspices of the Rabbinate or already underwent clarification of Jewish status in a Rabbinical Court, in general, he/she will not need to undergo an additional investigation of status, except in special circumstances in which the marriage registrar in his/her place of residence provides a specific referral.
If the couple’s parents were not married in Israel and they come from abroad (North America, South America, Western Europe, etc), a letter from an Orthodox rabbi recognized by the Rabbinate which certifies Jewish status is usually sufficient to prove Jewish status. If the couple, their parents, or grandparents belong to an Orthodox community, they may ask the community or synagogue rabbi to write a letter certifying their Jewish status (the emphasis is on the mother’s Jewish status). It is preferable if this letter is printed on official letterhead, and the rabbi should provide details regarding his acquaintance with the family. If the family does not have a personal connection with an Orthodox rabbi, they can turn to one of the country’s rabbinical courts. This service from the rabbinical courts is usually provided for a fee. If the person registering for marriage resides outside of Israel, or he/she immigrated to Israel fewer than six months before marriage registration, the approval of Jewish status should include a statement regarding single status as well.
If necessary, it is possible to turn to the local rabbinical court for certification of Jewish status, but it is recommended and faster to submit a recognized approval of Jewish status from outside of Israel.
For a Hebrew list of recognized Rabbinical Courts outside of Israel, click here.
When registering for marriage, it is possible to save precious time by making sure ahead of time that documents certifying Jewish status are approved by the Chief Rabbinate.
For details and guidance for approving documents from outside of Israel, contact us: 1-700-500-507, firstname.lastname@example.org