Converting to Judaism

"Wherever you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people are my people, and your God is my God" (Ruth 1:16-17)

Those who convert to Judaism, and become Jewish by choice, as Ruth did, are held in the highest esteem and warmly welcomed- for they have made the active choice to join themselves to the Jewish people, accepting both our history and our destiny as theirs.

We understand that this is a significant decision, and we are welcoming of those who are clear in their desire to convert, and also those who are thinking at this stage of exploring Judaism.

For those wishing to explore conversion to Judaism, we run a course alongside the two other progressive synagogues in the area.

Sessions take place on Wednesday nights (currently online), and consist of:

 

  • Hebrew Studies- learning to read Hebrew (all levels as tutoring tailored to each individual)
  • Jewish Studies (Jewish history, festivals, Jewish texts, traditions and ethics, and Israel)

 

The sessions are led by the Rabbis or experienced educators of our communities, and are warm and inclusive. The Jewish Studies curriculum is taught on a cyclical basis over a 12 month period, meaning that it doesn't matter when you join, as you will have the opportunity to take all sessions at some point. Therefore you will find that the students on the course are all at different stages; some may be beginners, while others have been on the journey for a  longer. This enables those with more experience to support those who are newer to their studies, with the Rabbi's guidance, and results in members of the group often forming enduring friendships.

If you are thinking about exploring Judaism we ask that you make an appointment with our Rabbi to have an initial conversation. The candidate should attend (if appropriate or relevant with their Jewish partner). Everyone will receive a sympathetic welcome will be helped to go through the process.

Generally the process takes one year so that the candidate can experience all of the Jewish festivals, some of the Jewish life cycle events and play a part in our ELELS community.

In order to arrange to speak to the Rabbi or for more information, please send an email to administrator@elels.org.uk.