CONNECTIONS 2017

Nicole Maor

Advocate, Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)
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Nicole Maor

Advocate Nicole Maor made Aliyah from Australia after completing a combined Arts-Law degree, and following years of active involvement in the Reform Movement in Australia, which included the establishment of the Sydney branch of Netzer. She made Aliyah to Kibbutz Lotan – one of the Reform Kibbutzim in the Arava – and in 1992 was admitted to the Israeli Bar Association. Immediately following her admission to the Bar she began working with Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) , and in 1993 opened IRAC’s Tel Aviv office of the Legal Aid Center for Olim (LACO) – a unique program offering free legal aid and representation to new immigrants who face legal difficulties in all walks of life in Israel, stemming from their status as new immigrants. The project was established as part of the Reform Movement’s ideology of social justice and tikkun olam. Advocate Maor became director of the program in 1996 and remains in that position to this day. Between the years 2007-2009 she returned to Australia for shlichut and completed a Master’s Degree in International Law and International Relations. LACO has assisted and/or represented more than 100,000 new immigrants and their families. For the last 10 years, the program has focused almost exclusively on matters of status in Israel. Numerous legal precedents have been recorded in the Supreme Court, and Advocate Maor is widely acknowledged as one of the leading lawyers in Israel in the field of immigration, the Law of Return and in particular in the field of conversion. She is legal advisor to both the Reform and Conservative movements in all matters regarding conversion, and is often asked to represent Orthodox converts as well.