Some Israelis hope to be recognized as Jews through alternative courts

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A man walks in front of a Yisrael Beitenu party campaign billboard in the southern city of Ashkelon. This seaside city, once ruled by the Greeks and Phoenicians, is now largely populated by Russians. Picture taken February 8, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A man walks in front of a Yisrael Beitenu party campaign billboard in the southern city of Ashkelon. This seaside city, once ruled by the Greeks and Phoenicians, is now largely populated by Russians. Picture taken February 8, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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JERUSALEM (RNS) A group of modern Orthodox rabbis established a more welcoming conversion court to serve the 350,000 non-Jewish Russian immigrants and their descendants who consider themselves Jewish, but are not recognized as such by the Israeli government.