Alexander P Gutterman
EU PASSPORT ! Big news! Thanks to Michael Decker and the other good people at the law office, as well as to the virtue of my ancestors, the cruelty of the Inquisition, reparations issued in the Iberian Peninsula, and etc, I am delighted to be on track for Portuguese and European Union Citizenship! A truly incredible development and one which brings me deep joy.
The team of lawyers and assistants are incredibly professional. Aiming to give their clients the advice possible regarding the normative and the law of Israel. With well trained and professional secretary at the front desk to the lawyers team, I could say that I had one of the most professional services possible. I'm super glad of choosing Joshua Pex of Law office for immigration solution, lawyers to advise in my case, to me, it is remarkable.
Josh has been helping me on and off for a few years now. I have needed legal advice and assistance with immigration due to a complex situation of mine, and he has been extremely available and responsive, honest and clear about my route and how to proceed. Very much recommended!
We were searching for a law firm that will be honest with us and really work hard for a satisfying result, it wasn't an easy task
We found them online; they were the only law firm from all of our searchings which were completely honest and NOT gave us just what we wanted to hear
Using them guaranteed honesty above all. A legal team that is friendly and cares for a superb result
They really care about helping their customers without any other interest
Nadia gave us service behind what we expected; she was professional which lead to fast and easy process with great result
We definitely recommend using them
If you need to solve any complicated legal issue in Israel, don't hesitate to contact them. Otherwise you will loose hours/days/weeks with things that they can solve in minutes. They helped me to obtain my expert working visa in Israel and even after that they responded further questions and gave me advices related to administrative issues in Israel which saved me a lot of time. Irena Rosenberg and Michael Decker worked on my case, they are very professional and helpful. They will not let you down, feel free to contact them.
We have been working with Decker, Pex & Co - Law Firm in Tel Aviv for many years very well. Because we appreciated their lawyers services, we recommended businesses and individuals again and again to go there as well.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
We highly recommend Adv. Mike Decker and have know him for many years. He has helped our family with many battles over the years. We recently received our permanent residency after 23 years in Israel. We so much appreciate Mike’s representation of us.
We (myself and my husband) came to Mr. Joshua Pex – for his professional advice – and we received such human warmth and caring attitude, that our hearts melted …
His attention to our details and our situation peculiarities, combined with his professionalism and knowledge, helped us to map out what needs to be done on our part: we appreciate and recommend You, Mr. Joshua!
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
I cannot recommend Nechama enough! Her expertise, professionalism, and dedication to her clients is unparalleled. From the moment I reached out to her, she provided clear and concise communication, and helped me navigate through a complex legal issue with ease.
Throughout the entire process, Nechama went above and beyond to ensure that I was informed and comfortable with every decision. She demonstrated a deep knowledge of the law, and was able to offer sound advice that ultimately led to a positive outcome.
What sets Nechama apart is her compassionate and empathetic approach to her clients. She truly cares about the well-being of her clients, and it shows in the way she handles every case.
If you are in need of a lawyer, I highly recommend Nechama.
We were very satisfied with the service of Nehama. She was very professional in all her dealings and kept us informed all the way.
We highly recommend this law firm. They proved to be reliable, efficient and pleasant to work with.
We were very pleased and content with the services of this law firm. They supported us 100% and solved our case successfully, we couldn't be happier.
Michael and Ariellah Waizman
For Advocate Joshua Pex.
We were in a devastating situation when my wife received an order from the immigration office to leave Israel within 30 days, without any explanation, after we have been married and in the process for six and a half years. We heard of Advocate Pex through a friend of a friend. We contacted Mr. Pex and he was ready to help us when he heard of our situation.
The service is amazing! Always ready to assist without regard to the time it takes. The advice Mr. Pex gave us was great, such as what to do, he gave useful links, and advice about which officials to contact. The price for the service was great!
The process until we received the extension for another year for my wife was not long (3 months). Things started moving once Mr. Pex came into the picture.
We highly recommend Advocate Joshua Pex! We achieved our goal and the fear of deportation has been lifted!
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
I have been receiving services from this Law Firm for several years now and I want to say THANK YOU to the team, especially Joshua Pex. They are doing outstanding work. The services I have received for both our Israeli non profit association but also our social business have helped us solve many issues at hand and provided solutions in complicated situations. Personally, I am grateful for support in visa issues as a foreigner living now in Israel for many years.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
Marce Ruth St. Rey
Party time in the heart, my beloved husband received his residence after so much time of battles and faith. Gratitude, God has blessed us with wonderful beings who have accompanied us, including a "precious angel" who touched our hearts, our excellent and fantastic lawyer: Maria Chernin Dekel, sweet and wonderful human being, who has guided us and stayed On our side. side in this intense legal transit whom we bless on every occasion. God bless you dear Maria, you have exceeded your professional duty by containing us and collaborating with us in hard times, very hard, for that we want to thank you publicly, you are unique!!!
We bless and thank the entire team at Decker Pex Tal Ofir Law Firm.
Sergei m Vashkevich
We came to Mr. Joshua with so many questions (and most of all, with so many concerns and worries) …
When we explained our case to him, first of all, he calmed us down and helped us to see the big picture, which took away our fears;
Then he presented us with a detailed explanation and a few options to explore, and a timeline, how things work and necessary steps to undertake on our part,
We thank and highly recommend Mr. Joshua for showing us so much empathy, care and professionalism (!)
Oded Ger did an excellent job by reviewing a modeling contract I was offered. Explained the bad clauses in the contract, and their possible consequences. Thank you for your amazing job, your professionalism, your consultation and honesty. You showed me from your experience how it can be done differently. It was the best decision choosing you as my lawyer.
I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.
Incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, accessible, and evident across the board that they truly care about the people they are helping. They are quick to respond, engaged, and obviously top-notch lawyers. I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Thank you, Joshua and Itamar for your help with our Joint Life Application. You were a calming energy during a storm - always breathed a sigh of relief after speaking with you. It is so difficult to get straight answers from the Misrad Hapnim, but you guys are straight shooters. I appreciate your candor and evident integrity. Hope to work with you in the future, and will send everyone I know in need of legal aid your way. Thank you for your guidance and support.
Very knowledgeable and professional
Best lawyer house from Israel! I couldn’t dealt with my situation without their professionalism and effectiveness. Their dedication to every legal aspect and their drive it’s how a true lawyer house can be!
Working in European market and international now, I couldn’t dare to let myself wide my wings on countries unknown to me. Definitely they’ll be the lawyers representing me, my business at every international aspect and on personal development.
When you hear Decker,Pex,Ofir &Co, you hear 10+ class services, luxurious professionals, confidentiality and exclusive attention to your needs.
A really excellent firm. They knew exactly how to handle my situation effectively and efficiently, and we got the result I needed without much fuss. Adi Berger was a wonderful advocate for me and I am deeply grateful for her help!
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
Joshua Pex was both an amazing human being and an inspiring human rights attorney. I reported directly to him for various activities I performed as in intern. I was impressed with his incredibly solid character. He is trustworthy, fair, and goes above and beyond to advocate for the vulnerable. He is completely trustworthy and high caliber in his work. His partners and employees are very blessed to work with him. I am honored to know them.
I really recommend the law office's services. The service is very professional and efficient, the price is right. I am satisfied with the services I needed and happy to have known them.
Great lawyers Joshua Pex and Nechama and Michael Deker who really want to help you and I have very trustful relationships with them. All my cases they took they won. Thank you and let’s keep working together
Dongdiet & Nellie
We are very happy with the services. Somehow they managed to translate the law lingo into language we actually understand 😉 and their outstanding YouTube videos helped us to have a better grasp of what process we had to go through. Their patience, clear explanation and experience are very valuable. It's also very nice to know that you will receive response promptly; it made us feel we can really trust their services. We recommend all those looking for immigration lawyers to get in touch.
The best lawyer firm I’ve had dealt with. I would like to thank Anat Levi and Ariel Galili from the Jerusalem branch for all of their efforts and patience, we could not have been Able to reach to where we are now without them
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
I admire the Austrian citizenship team in Tel-Aviv branch! They deserve more then 5 stars!! They are very friendly and professional. I've got Austrian citizenship in 4 months for all family members which consists of 12 people! The entire team is very friendly and responsive. They are always answering questions and support during the process. I recommend to everyone. Was 100% satisfied.
We had a pleasure of working with Irena Rosenberg who assisted in getting our two U.S. born children registered in Israel and supported visa process for my wife in 2021. During the pandemic, my wife and I decided to move to Israel where I am originally from after living in the U.S. for over 20 years, but we had no idea how to go about securing visas before and after arriving in Israel. Irena is knowledgeable, reliable and competent lawyer who always had answers to all our questions which made us feel confident that everything would be fine with her assistance. We are now happily living in Israel and are so grateful to have Irena who is a genuinely nice person as our lawyer.
The team at Decker, Pex & Co have been awesome to work with in helping our US company establish banking in Israel and in providing counsel for legal needs in Israel. I highly recommend!
I am delighted to report that my wife and I have just obtained our Israeli citizenship. We will be forever grateful for all of the help, guidance and support which Ariel Galili of Decker, Pex & Co. provided through this process.
I am a Jewish, 80-year-old American, and my wife is not Jewish. We had started the process on our own back in November 2020 via the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh, but soon became entangled in the delays and often-changing regulations due to Covid-19. The pandemic also caused delays in obtaining the required apostilles for various documents from various state agencies and the US State Department.
We found Decker, Pex & Co. On the internet and began working with Ariel in late November 2021. Ariel did a superb job of leading us through the process, helping us to understand which documents were essential, which would most likely be required, and which, though included on the list of required documents, were rarely required. He helped us several times to understand what was likely and unlikely to occur as “the next step.” Helping us manage our expectations was extremely useful to us.
Besides his knowing the laws, regulations and procedures, Ariel also made us feel that he was truly interested in helping us to successfully work through this process in as smooth, timely, and frustration-free manner as possible.
My wife and I strongly recommend anyone planning to go through this process seriously consider hiring Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. and, specifically, Ariel Galili.
If you converted to Judaism – whether through the Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform movement or a different denomination entirely – you are likely eligible to receive Israeli citizenship through Aliyah.
The right of Jews and their descendants to claim Israeli citizenship (“Aliyah”) has been enshrined in the Israeli Law of Return since 1950. In 1970, an amendment to the law clarified that this right extends to the family members of Jews and those who became Jewish by choice, converting to Judaism by undergoing a “Giyur”. Gradually, the Supreme Court has expanded the definition of “convert” for purposes of the Law of Return, and this definition now includes Jews who converted in both an Orthodox and non-Orthodox setting, either within or outside of Israel. As a result, if you went through a Giyur procedure, you are likely eligible to make Aliyah.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CONVERSION WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR ALIYAH?
If you converted outside of Israel through a Jewish community that is recognized by one of the major international Jewish movements (for example, the Rabbinical Council of America, the Rabbinical Assembly, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, etc.) your conversion will most likely be recognized for Aliyah.
As set out by the Israeli Supreme Court in the 1993 Goldstein case, conversions to Judaism that are performed outside of Israel in communities authorized to do so by their respective denominational movements, are valid for Aliyah purposes. According to current guidelines of the Israeli Ministry of Interior, the conversion process must last a minimum of 9 months and comprise no less than 300 hours of combined study and participation in a Jewish community.
In a series of cases dating back to 2016, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the Ministry of the Interior to recognize conversions that were conducted within Israel by Jewish communities recognized by their respective religious authorities. However, as the Court noted in the 2021 Dahan case, the candidate for Aliyah must have completed their conversion while residing in Israel lawfully. This usually requires that the candidate hold temporary or permanent residency throughout their conversion process. Under certain conditions, such residents may have their Giyur process sponsored by the state.
Unfortunately, while in theory conversions of all three major denominations – Orthodox, Conservation, and Reform – are accepted for Aliyah, in practice the reality is very different. Under pressure from the Rabbinical Authority of Israel, the Israeli government is skeptical of conversions not performed within an Orthodox framework, especially if they were performed inside of Israel. As such, Reform and Conservative conversion cases often take months, if not years, to process and are more likely to result in a request for additional evidence or outright denial. As discussed below, this outcome can be challenged through administrative procedures or in court.
If you did not convert through a recognized Jewish community, your conversion may still enable you to make Aliyah. In this case, the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority will ask for information about the rabbi who supervised your conversion and the religious authority, if any, to which this rabbi belongs. You will be required to show 9 months of participation in a recognized Jewish community post-conversion, and upon your move to Israel will receive a temporary residence visa. Your citizenship will be granted once you produce documents showing 21 months of post-conversion participation in a recognized Jewish community, either within Israel and abroad.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED IN ORDER TO PROVE MY CONVERSION FOR ALIYAH?
In addition to all the standard documents required for Aliyah, you will need to provide your original conversion certificate, as well as a signed statement describing the reasons you chose to convert, your conversion process, and the ways in which you are involved in Jewish life and a Jewish community today.
You will also need to provide a signed letter from the rabbi who supervised your conversion. The letter should describe your course of study toward the conversion, and include such details as how the rabbi accepts and prepares candidates for conversion, examples of topics covered in the lessons, information on where and when the lessons were held, and expectations of candidates to participate in a Jewish community throughout their conversion process. The letter should also include an affirmation that you were active in a Jewish community throughout your conversion process, with specific examples cited, if possible. If during your conversion you were involved in a community other than the organization with which you converted, you should include a second letter detailing this involvement, written by a rabbi in that community.
Finally, with your Aliyah application you will need to submit proof that you have been involved with a recognized Jewish community (although not necessarily the community with which you converted) for at least one year post-conversion. This proof is generally submitted in the form of a signed letter from the rabbi of the community. The important thing is to show that you are active in the life of the Jewish community: this could include such things as regular attendance at Shabbat and holiday services, membership in congregational organizations such as a sister- or brotherhood, and participation in learning sessions led by a rabbi.
If you apply for Aliyah and at least nine months have not yet passed since your conversion, upon your arrival to Israel you will receive a temporary residence permit until you submit documents proving continuous involvement in a Jewish community, in either Israel or abroad, for nine months after your conversion.
DO I NEED TO BE CURRENTLY ACTIVE IN A JEWISH COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ALIYAH AFTER CONVERSION?
Generally, yes. This is, in our experience, a crucial element of the success of your Aliyah application, as it demonstrates that even after your conversion you continue to identify as a member of the Jewish people. This is true even if you converted many years before filing your request for Aliyah.
As mentioned above, ideally this involvement will be for a period of at least one year after your conversion. However, circumstances that have prevented you from being continuously active in a Jewish community post-conversion (for example, COVID-19 related concerns) can be explained in the Aliyah petition.
THE ALIYAH PROCESS BASED ON CONVERSION TO JUDAISM
Once your Aliyah request is filed with the Israeli Immigration and Population Authority, it will be reviewed and potentially sent to the Authority’s headquarters in Jerusalem for an additional assessment. If the request is rejected, you may file an internal appeal as of right, which will be reviewed by senior officials at the Ministry of the Interior. If this appeal is rejected, you may file an administrative petition to the Regional Court in Jerusalem. We highly recommend that you consult with an attorney before taking these steps.
CONTACT AN ISRAELI LAWYER WHO SPECIALIZES IN ALIYAH AFTER CONVERSION
Making Aliyah after conversion can be a challenging and lengthy process. We advise that you reach out to an attorney with expertise in this field to guide you along this path.
Our law firm, with offices in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, specializes in immigration matters, including Aliyah based on conversion. You are welcome to reach out for a consultation with us – we are happy to help!