Rabbi Yossi Feintuch is a Reform rabbi serving a Reconstructionist congregation.
Brit Milah/Hatafat Dam Brit: Not required but available, upon request (I require serious learning of and about these rituals while leaving the final decision at the discretion of the student; supervision is not required.)
Mikveh: Not required but available, upon request (Location is TBD.)
Bet Din: Required (Reform Rabbis)
Conversion Location: Bend, Ore.
Students Accepted: Mitzvah, Chai
Conversion requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic
Brit Milah/Hatafat Dam Brit: Not required but available, upon request (No change)
Mikveh: Not required but available, upon request (No change)
Bet Din: Not requested but recommended (Virtual bet din via video conferencing is acceptable.)
I am happy to work with
Families with children
Interfaith or dual-faith relationships
My Judaism is based on continuous learning while daring to ask challenging questions. It is ethics that comprise the foundations of Judaism — supported by ritual and ceremony that should not be neglected.
Who am I? I am a native of Israel — where I visit annually — and also a veteran of the Israeli Defense Force (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 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.
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Doctor of Divinity
Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination)
Doctor of Philosophy, US History
New York University
Master of Arts, History
Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and History