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All the Rabbinical groups from Orthodox to Conservative , Re-constructionist and Reform as well as Karaite should have a world conformance on who is a Jew. Rabbinical Judaism says it one who is born to a Jewish mother This stems from Roman times in Ancient Judea where the off spring involving Roman soldiers as fathers whether the children should be considered Jewish
Karaite law says it one born to a Jewish father (Paternal) as ascendancy from a Kohane(priest).Until the end of WWII only for formal conversions were performed in case not involving marriage …a declaration as a Jew was enough. I don’t think this will pass muster among the Chasidic sects or todays Haredi but they are not the barometer as to what is and what is not Jewish. I got to believe that anyone who proclaims himself as Jewish or has Jewish ancestry can & should be accepted as Jews.
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