Conversion to Judaism
Beth Tikvah Synagogue facilitates conversion
to Judaism for people of all ages and backgrounds
judged as appropriate candidates by one of our rabbis. Our conversions are under the auspices of the Rabbinical Assembly
, the international rabbinic arm of the Conservative Movement, and are thus well-regarded by the great majority of the North American Jewish community.
We are careful to ensure that candidates meet all requirements
of conversion according to Jewish law, including:
- Learning and acceptance of all the mitzvot (Jewish religious obligations)
- Immersion in a kosher mikvah
- For males, circumcision or hatafat dam brit, if required.
The process is confirmed by a beit din
, a court of three rabbis
, who validate that each candidate is converting with the proper knowledge and motivations.
There are, unfortunately, many dishonest rabbis offering pathways for conversion who will deceive you into thinking that their conversions will be accepted in our community. Some work online and others will pretend that they have proper rabbinic credentials. In considering your conversion it is crucial that you consider the legitimacy of the process and of your sponsoring rabbi. Our rabbis are available for consultation and verification if you are unsure about legitimacy of such a person/program.
Candidates sponsored by Beth Tikvah rabbis are encouraged to enrol in the city-wide “Introduction to Judaism” class
offered by the local branch of the Rabbinical Assembly
. Alternatives to the class can be arranged in special circumstances.
Non-Jews who are interested in exploring conversion to Judaism, or Jews who have questions about their halakhic status must first schedule an appointment with Rabbi Grover