Brit Milah/Hatafat Dam Brit: Required (Supervision is not required.)
Mikveh: Not required
Bet Din: Not required
Conversion Location: Weston, Fla.
Students Accepted: Mitzvah, Chai, Scholarship
Conversion requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic
Brit Milah/Hatafat Dam Brit: Required (No change)
Mikveh: Not required (No change)
Bet Din: Not required (No change)
I am happy to work with
Families with children
Interfaith or dual-faith relationships
When I was about 50 years old, I had an unusual religious experience. Having practicing psychology my entire adult life, I’m sure you can imagine what a shock it was for me to hear an angelic voice beckoning me to return to Judaism and become a rabbi — but that’s exactly what I did. I was attracted to the spiritual aspects of Judaism, as my mother’s family were Chassidim who came from Galicia, Poland. They assimilated after arriving at Ellis Island and moving to Brooklyn, NY. I was raised in a “Conservadox” environment and further assimilated up until my epiphany. Now I consider myself simply Jewish, because it doesn’t really tell us anything about a person by putting them in a box with a label. Besides, I think all branches of Judaism have something valuable to teach us.
For years, I’ve struggled with the question: “How does one be authentically Jewish in a modern world?” Whether Jewish by birth or by choice, I believe this is a question we must all address. I learned from Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, my Rebbe of blessed memory, that being a good person who demonstrates chesed (kindness, loving kindness) to other human beings, G-d’s most precious creations, is at the heart of Judaism. I try to do this through my work as a psychologist and as a rabbi. I feel very blessed to have discovered my spiritual path to finding joy in living each day, and I feel compelled to help others do the same.
Rabbinical Seminary International
Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination)
Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology