The Law of Return, one of Israel’s founding laws, grants automatic citizenship status to Jews and their immediate families. However, once in Israel, many olim who qualify under this law find a hostile bureaucracy, especially if they are Jews-by-choice who underwent a non-Orthodox conversion, or family members of Jews who underwent such a conversion. The Interior Ministry creates countless obstacles for these families, forcing them to fight for their right to be recognized as Jews and Israelis, and denying them basic rights accorded to all Israeli citizens.
In long-standing partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, IRAC addresses this issue both on the policy level and by assisting individual families who wish to make aliyah and be registered as Jews in Israel. Through IRAC's Legal Aid Center for Olim (LACO), hundreds of converts each year are provided with legal representation and advice, all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary, in their pursuit of successful aliyah.