Conversion to Judaism
How do you tell your parents that you're planning to convert to Judaism? Aim to reassure them that you're not trying to abandon your past, explain what the conversion will entail, and be prepared for a serious discussion about your relationship with your family and how you imagine it will change or remain the same.Read more
Basics and Rituals
Learn the basics about the process of converting to Judaism.
A penetrating process that may culminate in the adoption of a new identity.
The three-person "court" rules on a candidate's sincerity, knowledge, and potential for success as a Jew.
What to expect at the ritual bath.
Male converts to Judaism undergo circumcision or, if already circumcised, a ritual removal of a single drop of blood.
Jews-by-choice may experience inappropriate attitudes that they should understand and, if necessary, confront.
Plan ahead to enhance the spirituality of the immersion experience.
Empathy and emotional support can help most parents understand their child's decision to convert.
It's easier than you may think.
How do I make aliyah without my conversion certificate?
Legal and pragmatic approaches to conversion.
What it means to accept the commandments in a Reform context.
The Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel states that a convert should not explicitly reject any Jewish law.
Differences between the movements grow out of more basic disagreements in philosophy and belief.
Even if the motivation for conversion is marriage.
Responding to assimilation, rather than intermarriage.
An arduous process.
A child must be formally converted if adopted or born to a non-Jewish mother, except within Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism.
Liberal Jews who support outreach claim that active proselytism was once the Jewish tradition.
Might it be possible to develop a formula for conversion acceptable to all the Jewish movements?