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 RitualsConversion 101
Learn the basics about the process of converting to Judaism.Conversion Process
A penetrating process that may culminate in the adoption of a new identity.Beit Din
The three-person "court" rules on a candidate's sincerity, knowledge, and potential for success as a Jew.The Mikveh
What to expect at the ritual bath.Circumcision
Male converts to Judaism undergo circumcision or, if already circumcised, a ritual removal of a single drop of blood.
How ToDealing with Negative Attitudes
Jews-by-choice may experience inappropriate attitudes that they should understand and, if necessary, confront.Preparing for Mikveh
Plan ahead to enhance the spirituality of the immersion experience.Telling Parents
Empathy and emotional support can help most parents understand their child's decision to convert.Choosing a Hebrew Name
It's easier than you may think.Conversion Certificate
How do I make aliyah without my conversion certificate?
Denominational DifferencesOrthodox and Conservative
Legal and pragmatic approaches to conversion.A Reform Perspective
What it means to accept the commandments in a Reform context.A Masorti Perspective
The Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel states that a convert should not explicitly reject any Jewish law.Denominational Differences
Differences between the movements grow out of more basic disagreements in philosophy and belief.Leniency in Orthodoxy
Even if the motivation for conversion is marriage.
Controversial IssuesToken Conversions
Responding to assimilation, rather than intermarriage.Conversion In Israel
An arduous process.Converting Children
A child must be formally converted if adopted or born to a non-Jewish mother, except within Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism.Proselytization
Liberal Jews who support outreach claim that active proselytism was once the Jewish tradition.Room for Flexibility
Might it be possible to develop a formula for conversion acceptable to all the Jewish movements?