Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer




Conversion requirements

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Not required


Not required but recommended

Beit din:

Not required but recommended (Reform rabbis, cantors, and/or lay leaders)

Conversion location:

Portland, Ore.

Mentoring sessions available in:

English, Spanish

Conversion requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Not required (No change)


Not required (No change)

Beit din:

Not required (Virtual beit din via video conferencing is also acceptable.)

I am happy to work with

People who identify as LGBTQ+, People in interfaith or dual-faith relationships

Personal statement

Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer doesn’t rabbi normally. They were ordained by HUC-JIR (Reform Seminary), but then left synagogue-life to teach math to inner-city high school students. Concurrently, they founded Religion-Outside-The-Box (ROTB.org)—a worldwide, internet congregation of over 1,000’s of members seeking spiritualigious provisions without the baggage of mono-dox affiliation. They enjoy writing books, articles, and small bios, making stained glass lamps, and gaining mastery on the French horn. They live in Portland, Oregon and are thinking a lot about pronouns these days.


Pepperdine University
Master of Arts, Education

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination)
Master of Arts, Hebrew Letters

Tufts University
Bachelor of Arts, Museum Architecture

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