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Thanks Elan. The next question is "Are you comfortable with that designation? If so, why?

Why should a reform or Conservative convert to judaism not expect to qualify for Aliyah Law of return notwithstanding.?

Should anyone emigrating to the US be required to convert to fundamentalist Christianity?

Why should a nonreligious jew be given preference over a religious convert?

The central issue is whether by a reform or conservative conversion a person becomes jewish. Ie is the conversion valid. So to the last point, under this view the one person is jewish, though not religious, and the other person may be "religious" but they are not jewish.

It's not something I'd investigated but I thought in the same way marriages in cyprus were valid in israel, maybe non-orthodox conversions done outside israel were somehow valid for purposes of law of return. though obviously you would have problems once you lived in israel in terms of getting married etc.

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