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become Jewish: believers are calling it “the days of the Messiah,” while others are trying to sociologically analyze the unique phenomenon of millions of people who are knocking on the doors of Judaism, seeking to join the Jewish people—although not necessarily in a halachic way, making things quite complicated for the State of Israel’s religious courts and authorities.
First daughter#Ivanka Trump is probably the most famous convert these days, while her frenemy #Chelsea Clinton is one of the more famous women to join what researchers refer to as “the Jewish family.”
“Fifty years ago, no one would have imagined that the US president’s daughter would undergo a conversion and marry a Jewish guy. Simply put, something like that would not have happened,” says Dr. Netanel Fisher, who, together with his colleague, Prof. Tudor Parfitt, recently presented a book at the Open University’s JCM Center conference trying to interpret the processes taking place in the Jewish world today.