Step 1: Choose A Program Level
First, choose your program level. The higher the program level, the more post-conversion classes you will have free, lifetime access to. Find a program here.
Step 2: Choose Your Rabbi
Choose from Conservative, Reform, Renewal and Post-Denominational rabbis all over the USA and the world. Your rabbi will act as your mentor and facilitate your ritual conversion in their community. Find a rabbi here.
Step 3: Apply and Begin Learning
Once you fill out an application, one of our friendly representatives will contact you to discuss our program and make sure it is right for you. If it's a match, then you can start learning that same day with your rabbi. Apply for our program here.
Paying For Your Program
Payment happens at registration. You can either choose to pay all at once, or to have your account automatically debited every month for 10 months. At the end of the 10 months, payments would stop but you would still have access to your program. Couples and families converting together receive a $150 discount per adult at the end of their program as well.
Working With Your Rabbi
Students work through their online classes, while having monthly meetings with their rabbi. Once you are done with your online learning (which averages 10 months), you and your rabbi will schedule an appointment for your bet din and mikvah.
Finding the Rabbi Who’s Right For You
Students can choose rabbis/cantors based on their affiliation (Reform, Conservative, etc.) as well as by location. We currently have rabbis throughout the east and west coast of the United States as well as Italy. You are welcome to choose someone in your area or outside your area.
What Is the Program Curricula?
Students learn the basics of Judaism, Jewish history and Jewish practice. The program units are on: Jewish peoplehood, holidays, lifecycle, spirituality, Jewish text (the Hebrew Bible and Talmud), a very light amount of Hebrew just for familiarity with the aleph bet and “must know” prayers, and an overall knowledge of different mitzvot such as tallit, tefillin, kashrut and mezuzot.
The curricula is the same regardless of the rabbi you choose and their denominational affiliation.
You also receive “study breaks” in the form of podcasts on converting to Judaism by Darshan Yeshiva’s rabbi (and fellow Jew-By-Choice) Rabbi Patrick Beaulier.
What About Circumcision, Bet Din & Mikvah?
What Happens After Your Conversion?
Students continue to have a relationship with their conversion mentor even after their program is over. Each month, your rabbi/cantor checks in with you for an hour, answers Jewish questions you may have and provides you with ongoing support. You can choose to cancel your post-conversion education if you would like.
What Students Like You Are Saying About Darshan Yeshiva
When I first made the decision to convert to Judaism it seemed like there were so many ways to start….and none of them were actually do-able for me due to my daily schedule with work and other responsibilities. When I found Darshan Yeshiva, and spoke with the Rabbis, I felt a sense of relief…and I haven’t looked back since. The program was easy to navigate, I could go at my own pace, and everyone working for the program was right there when you needed them. My conversion mentor was absolutely amazing, very hands on, and made me feel comfortable throughout the journey. I can’t imagine a better resource for learning, support, and community. Thank you to everyone at Darshan Yeshiva for making the process and ongoing support so wonderfully accessible and enjoyable. -Allie L.
This conversion program was more of a personal experience than I imagined because Darshan Yeshiva encourages connecting Jewish history, holidays, learning Hebrew, etc with me personally to help me merge the two together to help shape my Jewish identity.
I became more comfortable in my transformation to becoming Jewish because of how intimate this conversion program is. -Channah C.