They may say I do but what to do when the state says, no you don’t?

Jason Koutsoukis; 11/8/09

For many Israeli Jews such as Olga Samosvatov and Nico Tarosyan, getting married is not as easy as it sounds. To officially tie the knot, both parties must satisfy the country’s Orthodox rabbinate that they are Jewish, according to traditional Jewish law. That means proof of a Jewish mother, or documentary evidence of an Orthodox conversion to Judaism. Because the rabbinate has a monopoly over Jewish marriages – there is no such thing as a civil marriage in Israel – anyone not recognised as Jewish must travel abroad to get a marriage licence.

See: http://www.theage.com.au/world/they-may-say-i-do-but-what-to-do-when-the-state-says-no-you-dont-20090810-efk1.html