Conversions

Jews By Choice / Conversion

“More beloved by God than all the children of Israel who stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai are those who choose Judaism, who come to the Torah of their own accord.” — Midrash Tanchuma

Many individuals who seek a spiritual home find Judaism attractive. At BRJC we welcome all seekers to explore what Judaism offers. We recognize that conversion to Judaism represents a challenging, powerful, and transformative undertaking and we are honored to offer our assistance during the journey.  We understand that conversion represents a choice that must be made by an individual of his or her own free will.

Conversion to Judaism typically consists of the following:

Participation in the Introduction to Judaism Course. (Click Here): This  is a one year commitment that meets bi-monthly led by Rabbi Rosenberg. It provides a detailed look at Judaism and Jewish living. We ask potential candidates for conversion  to engage in the following:

Learn Hebrew phonetics – enables learners to feel more at home in any synagogue or Jewish lifecycle event.

Connect with our Rabbi: Rabbi Rosenberg is here to help prepare conversion candidates.  This is accomplished through additional study, connecting the candidate to other members of the community, and by individual meetings with the rabbis in which the topics of God, connection to the State of Israel, and being part of a people will be discussed

Participate in the Life of the Community: We encourage individuals studying for conversion to join all aspects of congregational life, including Shabbat and holiday worship, classes and volunteer opportunities at BRJC, and in the larger Jewish community.

Conversion and Community: Conversion culminates with an appearance before a beit din (religious court) accompanied by the rabbi.  Subsequently, we offer to welcome the individual into the congregation by giving them an honor during a Shabbat service. It is encouraged that individuals studying for conversion at BRJC will continue to engage in the life of our community.

We are honored to be able to assist you on your journey. For information please contact, Rabbi Dina Rosenberg, (718)836-3103, or Rabbi@brjc.org

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