Conversion to Judaism

Everything You Always Wanted to Know but had No One to Ask

Nzinga at Beth Sholom

Conversion can be a difficult conversation for an interfaith couple. The non-Jewish partner may want to learn about it without committing to anything or getting their partner’s hopes up. The Jewish partner can want to ask whether the non-Jew is open to discussing it but be afraid of offending.

For those reasons I suggest that the curious partner come alone to this discussion. Don’t bring your spouse if, as much as you love them, you think they will just make you uncomfortable. If you’re the partner being left at home, don’t fuss or worry. Just go to a movie or take a walk with a friend.

On this evening in Oakland I will have a panel of people who have converted – black and white, straight and gay – they will share their personal decisions and journeys. All you have to do is listen. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions too.

It is a topic that floats around in the Jewish world so let’s talk about it.

Here’s the description I’ve put in various places (like the Lehrhaus catalog).

Are you curious about converting to Judaism — for yourself or someone you love? Perhaps you know someone who is converting and wonder why anyone would make that choice. Maybe this is the first time you heard that Jews believe in conversion. Curious? Confused?
Join Jews by choice, born Jews and non-Jews to discuss a subject more awkward than sex. Yes, we’re going to answer all your questions about conversion!

Date: Thursday, Oct. 10
Time: 7:30 to 9pm
Place: Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
Cost: $7 for the public, free to Beth Abraham members
Register here