Brit Milah/Hatafat: Recommended (supervision not required)
Mikvah: Recommended (Temple Beth El mikvah, Conservative)
Bet Din: Recommended (Reform, Conservative and Renewal rabbis)
Conversion Location: Midlothian, VA (Greater Richmond, VA area)
Students Accepted: Scholarship, Chai, Mitzvah
Shalom, I have been a rabbi for over 30 years, both in congregations and as an Army Chaplain for 22 years. I have been in large and small Jewish communities and am now part of the creation of a new Emerging Jewish Community. I am convinced that new ways and models are necessary for the flourishing of American Judaism. One model is to assure a welcoming community that intends to develop a lasting relationship with each person entering. When you make the decision to connect with the Jewish people and community I want to assure you know you will be embraced with care and affirmation.
Welcoming each and every seeker into Judaism is critically important for me. All are welcome to discover their way and the beauty and meaning of a Jewish covenantal connection with the One. Perhaps the most important lesson I learned as a chaplain is that I have the obligation to help each person to get to where he or she is spiritually going, not where I am going. My responsibility and honor is help each person, each soul, find that connection and engage them on that journey and discovery and meaning. I look forward to meeting and working with you.