Those who wish to convert to Judaism work privately with one of our rabbis to learn Jewish religion, law, and customs. The actual amount of study required will vary from person to person (a convert who was raised as a Jew might not need any further education, for example, while another person might need several years).
Enrollment in our Introduction to Judaism course is usually required. This course is offered every fall at Beth Israel and runs through to the following spring. Faculty includes all of the Greater Hartford Reform Rabbis. The curriculum for this 18 week class offers basic Hebrew, Jewish history, liturgy, holidays and life cycle events, as well as the Jewish perspective on spirituality, values, and community.
Contact Cheryl Goldberg, firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-233-8215 x2240 for more information.
The conversion ceremony is held before a Beit Din (rabbinical court) to ask questions and to determine whether he or she is ready to become a Jew. A mikvah (a ritual bath used for spiritual purification) is optional. The Jewish Ledger wrote a nice summary about the mikvah and where to find one in Connecticut.
At Beth Israel, we welcome converts to receive their Hebrew name at a Shabbat service, thus giving them the opportunity to be welcomed and embraced by our community.
Once the conversion procedure is complete, the convert is as much a Jew as anyone who is born to the religion.
Contact: Rabbi Michael Pincus, email@example.com, 860-233-8215 x2280.