One of the most important documents you will need to have with your Aliyah papers is a letter from a Rabbi.
The letter must have the following information included. The more information the better.
- Confirmation of Communal affiliation.
- Confirm Jewish by birth
- Any kind of proof through records or clergy or statement thereof
- Personal and historical connection
- Lineage – Have the letter state the names of Mother/Father, Grandparents….etc.
- The letter must be signed by a Rabbi recognized by the Ministry of Interior in Israel. (there is a special list)
The more information the better. My first Rabbi letter did not have all this information, it could have. I wasn’t told what needed to be on it. It has caused denial and delays because I lacked the information. Hopefully, this will help others not have the same pitfall.
I was raised knowing I was Jewish but we lived secular so I didn’t have knowledge of everything I needed. I believe others like me are out there so I’m just making you aware.