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Strains of the Israeli national anthem “Hatikvah” overpowered the sounds of morning rush hour as some 200 protesters demonstrated outside the Supreme Rabbinical Court at the entrance to Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.


The protest was organized by former students of New York Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the former principal of the Ramaz High School and spiritual leader of the large Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, whose conversion last year of a 31-year-old American immigrant named Nicole was rejected last month by the Petah Tikva rabbinate when she attempted to register for marriage with her Israeli fiancé.


Nicole’s rejected conversion has become an international media affair because Lookstein, who apparently does not appear on the rabbinate’s elusive list of “approved” rabbis, also converted Ivanka Trump, leading to much speculation of whether the grandchildren of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s grandchildren would be considered Jewish in the State of Israel.


 


Attended by Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky and several members of Knesset, the demonstration was held just prior to a hearing for an appeal at the Supreme Rabbinical Court on Nicole’s case. According to the ultra-Orthodox website Kikar Hashabat, a ruling is not expected to be announced on Wednesday.


http://www.timesofisrael.com/rejecting-rabbi-lookstein-who-converted-ivanka-trump-delegitimizes-israel-says-sharansky-at-protest/

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