If your parents are not Israelis and you were not born in Israel or have previously made Aliyah, the only way to obtain a passport is by making Aliyah.
You even have to. Only after the Jewish Agency has verified your eligibility, will you know which documents are required in your case.
According to the Law of Return, a person is eligible to make Aliyah if at least one of the following conditions applies:
– Jewish (by birth or by a recognized conversion)
– child or grandchild of a Jew
– married to an eligible person
We advise you to fill our eligibility questionnaire so we can advise you about the rights you most probably have.
You must open an application file with the Jewish Agency and submit the conversion documents for verification.
The proof is a letter of the Rabbi which must meet strict conditions. More details you can find here. This document cannot be replaced by a ketubah or an evidence that your ancestors were buried in a Jewish cemetery. In some cases, additional documents may corroborate the information in the letter, but do not replace it.
If you are not yet an Israeli citizen, yes.
Look for the community or Rabbi who knew your parents and grandparents. Only through the Rabbi’s inquiry will you be able to prove your eligibility. More information on the conditions of that letter you can find here.
If you are eligible for Aliyah, you will also be eligible for a Temporary Resident visa. In this case you must file an application with the Jewish Agency’s Global Center and follow the instructions on the documents and forms to be submitted.
Am Yisrael (the Jewish People) has the privilege to return to the Land of Israel under Jewish rule, after more than 2,000 years living in the Diaspora. Nowadays it’s pretty convenient to make Aliyah and move to Israel, compared to how it was in the beginning of the return to the land of Israel (starting some 140 years ago). It nevertheless requires good preparation and readiness to accept and adjust to a new reality. It’s not easy, but worthwhile. You and your family can spend the rest of your life in the Land of Israel. There are also other aspects and reasons that can be beneficial, such as education, Jewish communities, Jewish culture and business/professionally related considerations. It is important to really want to make Aliyah in order to overcome the first bumps after coming to Israel, we therefore recommend to have a strong ideological base for taking this step.