Rabbi Yossi Feintuch is a Reform rabbi serving a Reconstructionist congregation.
Brit Milah/Hatafat: I require serious learning of and about these rituals while leaving the final decision at the discretion of the student. Supervision is not required but can be supervised by another (unrelated) Jewish fellow at the choice of the student
Mikvah: Same as with Brit Milah. Location will be decided by way of conversation between myself and the student.
Bet Din: Yes (If approved by Darshan Yeshiva, the Bet Din may be conducted via Zoom with two fellow Reform Rabbis who are Darshan Yeshiva faculty)
Conversion Location: I am located in Bend, OR but am open to a long-distance, virtual accommodation
Students Accepted: Chai, Mitzvah
I work with:
Interfaith and dual-faith relationships
Pandemic-related safety measures:
– Brit milah/hatafat: to be privately arranged if the student opted to practice this ritual
– Mikvah: see above
– Beit din: virtual
My Judaism is based on continuous learning while “daring” to ask challenging questions. It is ethics that comprise the foundations of Judaism propped up, however, by ritual and ceremony that should not be neglected.
Who am I? I am a native of Israel IL — where I visit annually — and am also a veteran of the IDF. I earned a doctorate in US history and published my dissertation as US Policy on Jerusalem. I was also awarded by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in recognition of my “commitment, dedication, and service to Judaism and the Jewish people”.
Besides my love for Judaism and ongoing scholarly writing, I also love my dogs with whom I hike daily in nature. I love to travel to foreign countries — presently suspended due to the virus — and learn about unfamiliar cultures and geography.
I will learn with and be a resource on Judaism for anyone who is genuinely interested in joining the Jewish people and adopt its religious and cultural heritage.