Paying for Your Program
Payment happens at registration. You may opt 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 will stop but you will still have access to your program.
Working with Your Rabbi
You will complete your online coursework at your own pace while having monthly, one-on-one mentoring sessions with your rabbi. Once you have completed your online online learning (which averages 10 months) and you and your rabbi agree you’re ready to proceed, you and your rabbi will schedule an appointment for your beit din and mikvah.
Finding the Rabbi Who’s Right for You
You may choose your rabbi or cantor based on their affiliation (Reform, Conservative, etc.) as well as by location. Darshan Yeshiva currently has rabbis and cantors throughout North America as well as in Europe. You are welcome to choose someone in your area or outside your area.
See also our rabbis in Canada, Europe and Latin America
What is the Program Curricula?
You will 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 Executive Director (and fellow Jew-By-Choice), Rabbi Patrick Beaulier. We have also included our favorite Best of the Web videos, lectures and websites from other organizations we feel give you a broad understanding of Judaism.
Are There Any Age Requirements?
If you are under 18 years of age and would like to study with us, consider our other Jewish learning programs, such as Basics of Judaism, Judaism for Beginners, or Comprehensive Jewish Studies programs.
While we do offer support to minors (less than 18 years old) whose parents are completing a conversion program, Darshan Yeshiva does not accept applicants who are under the age of 18 years old for our conversion program.
What about Circumcision, Beit Din & Mikvah?
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.