Brit Milah/Hatafat: Recommended but not required
Mikvah: Yes (the Mikveh at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Wynnewood, PA)
Bet Din: Yes (typically Reconstructionist rabbis and rabbinic students, occasionally with a knowledgeable lay Jew from the local community)
Conversion Location: Philadelphia, PA
Students Accepted: Scholarship, Chai, Mitzvah
I sometimes like to think of the Jewish tradition as an enormous wooden box that has been lovingly passed down from generation to generation, filled with drawers and cubbyholes containing things of various kinds that our ancestors – both spiritual and familial – thought it worthwhile to keep and pass down. Different people relate to this box in different ways. For some, it is a tool box they can go to for the materials they need to build a new and better kind of life and to repair the world around them. For others, it is a toy box, filled with intricate puzzles and games to surprise and delight. For still others, it is a treasure box in which are hidden away the precious heirlooms of ages past.
Following along with this train of thought, the process of coming to Judaism, for people of Jewish heritage and for converts alike, is a process of opening up – of opening ourselves to G-d, Torah, and the Jewish people, and of being opened to in return. I see it as my role as a rabbi to help others to find the keys necessary to unlock the treasures of Jewish tradition. I feel particularly blessed to be a part of this process because I have been through it before myself. As a convert to Judaism myself, I have always considered it a particular privilege to assist others who are setting out on that same journey.