Rabbanut (Chief Rabbinate), Marriage Department: Those coming here are forced to prove their Jewishness without leaving any doubt. I have heard horror stories about those Rabbis working there but, in a way, it is great when someone is thoroughly checking the Jewish background of a person. Thus, liers won't have less chances.
Jews who made Aliyah and want to get married in Jerusalems need different proofs of their Jewishness. A Ketubah from the parents, a letter from the Rabbi back in the home country and a confirmation from the municipality or the court of the home country stating that the person is either single, divorced or a widower.
Converts who want to get married to a born Jew may face difficulties, as they are being checked and so is the potential spouse. There are cases where the Rabbanut refused to marry off converts to secular Jews.
Photos: Miriam Woelke