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March 17, 2023

Israel’s Supreme Court rules in favor of ‘Utah Zoom weddings’

(JNS) — Israel’s Supreme Court rejected the state’s appeal against registering civil marriages performed online through the U.S. state of Utah.

The ruling directs the Population and Immigration Authority within the Interior Ministry to register these marriages, which are generally conducted via Zoom or Skype, as an alternative to a religious ceremony conducted through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

These “Utah marriages” became popular after a 2020 rule change in the U.S. state made marriages conducted via videoco...

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