Step 1: Choose your level
Choose which program level to sign up for. The higher the level, the more post-conversion classes you’ll have free, lifetime access to.
Step 2: Choose your mentor
Our mentors, ordained rabbis and cantors, come from across denominations, across the USA, and even across the world. Your mentor will be your guide and teacher from the start of your program all the way through your conversion ceremony.
Step 3: Send us your application
Fill out your application and one of our friendly representatives will contact you to talk about our program and make sure it’s the right fit for you. If it’s a match, then you can start learning the same day!
What is the Program Curriculum?
Our program uses a unique, pluralistic curriculum that teaches a far-ranging number of topics covering Jewish foundational concepts, history, and practices, such as:
- Jewish peoplehood
- Lifecycle events
- Jewish texts, including the Hebrew Bible and Talmud
- A beginner’s introduction to Hebrew, including the Hebrew alphabet and essential prayers
- Mitzvot, such as wearing tallit and tefillin, keeping kosher, and putting up a mezuzah
In addition to original content, we’ve included our favorite Best of the Web videos, lectures, and websites sourced from organizations we feel give you a broad understanding of Judaism. And you’ll find fun study breaks along the way in the form of podcasts about converting to Judaism by Darshan Yeshiva’s Executive Director (and fellow Jew-By-Choice), Rabbi Patrick Beaulier.
All mentors use the same curriculum regardless of denomination.
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.
Working with Your Rabbi
The coursework itself is self-paced, but you’ll have one-on-one mentoring sessions with your rabbi or cantor once a month for 10 months.
When you complete your online learning and mentoring sessions, you and your rabbi will have a conversation to agree on if you’re ready to proceed to the next step.
If the answer is yes on both sides, then the two of you will schedule your beit din and mikvah for your conversion.
Finding the Right Rabbi for You
Many factors can go into choosing your mentor. Some of these factors include their affiliation (Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, etc.) and their location.
Darshan Yeshiva has rabbis and cantors throughout North America in addition to Europe. You’re welcome to choose someone in your area or outside your area.
Or find a rabbi in Canada, Europe, or Latin America
Paying for Your Program
After your interview, you’ll officially register for your program and make your payment.
There are two payment options:
- Pay the full amount when you register
- Sign up for automatic monthly payments over the span of 10 months.
Is There an Age Requirement?
Yes: 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.