July 2019. ITIM has named Yael Belenky Manager of the Giyur K’Halacha Conversion Court Network. Yael will head Giyur K’Halacha’s team of Conversion Coordinators, which each year helps hundreds of Israeli citizens, primarily children from the former Soviet Union, join the Jewish people. Yael brings to the job the professional experience of having been a Giyur K’Halacha staff member for four years, and the personal experience of being a Soviet immigrant who converted to Judaism through Israel’s State conversion program.
Yael says, “I remember the day like it was yesterday. I stood before the conversion court judges, and with a shaky voice and tear-filled eyes, took upon the responsibility of fulfilling the mitzvot. I could not have imagined then that someday I would have the privilege of practicing one of those mitzvot, ‘You must love the convert,’ every day.”