About Conversion


Becoming a Jew is an act of enormous courage. Because we, unfortunately, live in an increasingly anti-Semitic world, a decision to be identified as a Jew, shows in itself a deep commitment to the Jewish people.

Conversion to Judaism requires a fundamental knowledge of the key facts, history, and practice of the Jewish people. We recommend, at a minimum, that all converts read the entire book of Genesis, the Ten Commandments, and Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (the first paragraph of Judaism’s Monotheistic Creed, known in Hebrew, as the Shema), as well as articles about the Shabbat (Sabbath) and major Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashanah (New Years), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Tabernacles), Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), Chanukah (Festival of Lights), and Purim, prior to the completion of the conversion process.

Rabbi Bill strongly recommends an additional course of study, to be provided by him, personally, either before or after conversion, depending on a person’s particular needs. Rabbi Bill will discuss this extra curriculum with each convert individually. The costs for this additional instruction is included in the fee that we charge for conversion. We discuss our fee schedule with each convert in advance of performing the service. There are no “hidden fees” of any kind.

Conversion to Judaism requires a period of study, a Proclamation of Commitment to the Jewish people (recited in front of three rabbis or professional practitioners of Judaism), supervised immersion in a ritual bath (mikveh), and, for men, circumcision (unless the male convert is already circumcised). If any of these prerequisites pose a problem for you, please let us know.

Conversion to Judaism requires that all converts choose a Hebrew name for themselves, and that they commit to focus on one of the many mitzvot (commandments) that Judaism teaches. Rabbi Bill and Rabbi Ken are happy to help converts choose a Hebrew name and special mitzvah.

We believe that, although our conversions comport with the highest standards of Jewish law, we appreciate that Judaism knows many diverse denominations, and that there are many diverse pathways to religious practice, Godliness and spirituality. We are happy to convert those who find themselves in interfaith marriages or relationships with adherents of non-Jewish faiths.

Note:

Messianic Judaism or “Jews for Jesus” is totally unacceptable to our conversion program.

Neither our conversions nor those performed by other rabbis outside of Israel are recognized by the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel. The Rabbinate only recognizes the conversions that it itself performs.