As a Conservative Synagogue, Beth Tikvah abides by the standard that only those born to a Jewish mother, or those who have properly converted, are to be considered Jewish.
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 usually performed 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 and by the State of Israel. Those requiring Orthodox recognition of their conversion are also encouraged to speak with Rabbi Grover.
Candidates must meet all requirements of conversion according to Jewish law. The process is confirmed by a beit din responsible for ensuring that each candidate is converting with the proper knowledge and motivations.
Beth Tikvah also facilitates conversions for children who are adopted, or born to a non-Jewish mother.
There are, unfortunately, many dishonest rabbis offering programs and products which lead to conversion. Some work online and others will pretend that their conversions will be well-accepted, when in fact they will not be. Conversions by Reform rabbis will often fall into this category. 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.
Non-Jews who are interested in exploring conversion to Judaism, or Jews who have questions about their halakhic status, may schedule an appointment with Rabbi Grover by e-mailing him here.
More resources on conversion to Judaism can be found at livingjewishly.org.
Living Jewish Wisdom
A multi-denominational course, ideal for those exploring a deeper connection to Judaism.
Each person’s journey towards Judaism is organic and individual. We invite you to explore Judaism and your growing relationship with it through the lenses of different Jewish denominations. This course introduces the central Jewish ideas and practices, texts and experiences that form the foundation of a Jewish life. This course will give you the tools to choose an informed, healthy and whole commitment to Jewish living and the Jewish people, whether you are already Jewish, considering conversion*, or simply curious about a Peoplehood different than your own.
“This course is wonderful. The teachers are friendly and open. Anyone with an interest in religion is well advised to take the course and gain fascinating insight into Judaism.” – John, 2015 student
“The strength of the class is making one comfortable to question and be critical of all the information presented. The instructors were sincerely committed to my learning without proselytizing.” – Ivan, 2015 Student
*This course is solely an educational endeavor. Enrolling does not guarantee conversion. An individual who chooses to pursu e conversion will choose a mentoring rabbi/educator and will continue the process based on the rabbi/educator’s specific denominational requirements. The partners of conversion candidates are expected to participate fully in the course. If students choose to purse conversion, there will be addition fees outlined by the mentoring rabbi/educator.
Locations: Classes will take place primarily at Beth Torah Congregation, located at 47 Glenbrook Avenue – off Dufferin, south of Lawrence. We can be reached easily by TTC on the Dufferin bus Northbound from Dufferin Station, or Southbound from Wilson Station. Alternatively, the Glencairn bus from Davisville and Glencairn Stations will bring you within a short walk from the Synagogue.Orientation:January 24, 2019 @ 7:00pm. Fill out the form below to be added to the list.
Frequency: weekly (with some additional classes, gatherings and field trips) throughout the year.
Cost: $2,000 (same fee for an individual or a couple). Financial assistance may be available to qualified applicants upon request. Cheque memo to say “Living Jewish Wisdom”. The fee does not include cost of books or materials.
To provide students with a range of opinions, experiences, and teaching methods, we have gathered a variety of rabbis and educators from different denominational backgrounds. The following educators will instruct one or more classes throughout the year:
Eli Rubenstein, Congregation Habonim
Rabbi Yossi Sapirman, Beth Torah Congregation
Rabbi Miriam Margles, Danforth Jewish Circle
Rabbi Aaron Levy, Makom
Rabbi Jarrod Grover, Beth Tikvah Synagogue
Rabbi Louis Sachs, Beth Tikvah Synagogue
Rabbi Aviva Goldberg – Shir Libeynu
Roseanne Mason – Administrator
For more info, visit http://www.livingjewishwisdom.org