This website will help guide you through the exciting journey of Conversion to Judaism.
Your decision to identify with the Jewish religion is quite significant. There are many areas of your life that will be affected from self-concept to family relationships. While the rewards can be great, the challenges may seem overwhelming. The purpose of this document is to; introduce the process of choosing Judaism, explain how I see the rabbi's role within the process, outline the spouse's role, and describe your obligations in the process of choosing Judaism.
As rabbi, I serve two important roles in this process and to bring someone into the living waters of Judaism, for me, is the most fulfilling spiritual adventure. I represent our Jewish community and therefore I am responsible to make sure that any individual who joins our community is committed to Jewish values and attitude towards Judaism that will benefit the Jewish people.
I am also a teacher, counselor and spiritual guide on the individual's journey towards conversion to Judaism. These two roles might seem to be in conflict but it has been my experience that if I fulfill both roles well, in those instances when a prospective Jew does NOT choose to become Jewish, the decision usually comes out of a shared feeling that conversion is not the right choice for that person at that time. One more important note to those seeking to convert to Judaism... It is important to be aware of the fact that there are various congregations or denominations within Judaism (including Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform). The topic of conversion and, in particular, what makes a person an “acceptable” convert among the Jewish people has been the subject of many debates and disputes. As the Rabbi overseeing your conversion process, it is my opinion that there is no “universally” accepted conversion which is recognized in each and every Jewish environment or community throughout the world. Instead, I believe that conversion is an ongoing, life-changing, challenging, yet rewarding process through which a person embraces Jewish identity at the spiritual, cultural and social levels. That being said, I cannot and do not represent that upon completion of this conversion process you will able to join as a member in any particular synagogue, congregation, community, region, or country. I therefore urge you to consult the particular community where you intend to worship in the event you have any questions.
|Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn|