I'm a whole host of ethnicities(Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Jewish). I've always felt Judaism resonated with my soul whether or not that has something to do with my ancestry I'm not so sure but I would one day like to convert in order to attain spiritual fulfillment . My paternal grandmother was Jewish but she converted at quite a young age to Catholicism which leaves to wonder whether under the current law of return I would be allowed to take aliyah given that she left the religion. Thanks in advance
"Brother Daniel" was a Jew by birth who converted to Catholicism and became a Carmelite monk and later applied to immigrate to Israel under the "Law of Return". The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a Jew who converted to another religion is NOT eligible for Aliyah. So in your case, you are probably not eligible since you are even two generations from that Jewish relative AND since she is a paternal grandmother who did not raise her children Jewish, no movement would consider you Jewish through her bloodline. You would probably be eligible if it was your maternal grandmother since then many Orthodox rabbis would think that you are Jewish by ancestry. For more details about "Who is a Jew" and "Law of Return", see: www.myjewishlearning.com/israel/History/1948-1967/Building_the_State/law-of-return.shtml
However, if you would want to make Aliyah, I would assume that you are interested in enough in Judaism to convert. So I would advise you to convert first and then make Aliyah. Do not move to Israel first because in Israel only certain Orthodox rabbis are qualified to do conversions that will be officially recognized and there is a huge backlog of people who want to convert in Israel.
Last Edit: Aug 26, 2013 9:45:57 GMT -5 by Debbie B.: added link to reference for "Law of Return"