Conversion Application PDF / Aplicacion para Conversion
Conversion Study Questions
1. Who can convert
Making the decision to undergo the process of Jewish conversion will most likely be the most important decision of your life. It is hard work and not something to be taken lightly.
Accepted candidates will be limited to those who are ready and willing to work and grow close to G-D and the Jewish people. We accept strictly genuine cases, where it becomes a sin to discourage them. This includes sincere, motivated individuals serious about becoming a Holy Jew and taking on the yoke of the commandments.
2. Who cannot convert
You don't have to convert to be a righteous person. Judaism teaches that gentiles have to keep only 7 laws in order to be considered a "righteous gentile". These are known as the "Noachide laws". They are:
1. Do not murder.
2. Do not steal.
3. Do not worship false gods.
4. Do not be sexually immoral.
5. Do not eat a limb removed from a live animal.
6. Do not curse God.
7. Set up courts and bring offenders to justice.
If you still want become Jewish and attach yourself to the Jewish people, there are a few restrictions.
--You must accepet HASHEM, as the ONLY GOD, and follow his 613 commandments
--You cannot believe in any other god.
--You will not be able to marry a Cohen (a male descendant of the priestly family).
--You will not be able to live with your boyfriend/girlfriend until you convert properly.
--You cannot convert if you are insincere in any way, and if you do, you will only do a disservice.
3. Monumental seriousness
Undergoing conversion to Judaism is serious, if not the most important event in your life. Every aspect of your life will change. Your outlook on your friends and family will change. You have to be willing and able to change yourself. Striving for improvement is a fundamental part of Jewish life, and as a convert you will be tested over and over in this regard.
Conversion to Judaism is an arduous journey, and if you are not 100% sincere, you will fail. But if you have what it takes, and are motivated, we are here to help and support you throughout the process.
4. The Process
Conversion to Judaism can be pursued with the assistance of the Beth Din. You will be required to learn the entire Tanakh, Siddur, and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (Jewish Law). These three aspects will build a solid foundation for your entry into Judaism, teaching the Holiness, Love, and Fear of G-D. Periodic classes with the Beth Din will ensure that the candidate is progressing adequately. These classes are usually held after covering another portion of the material.
A man must also undergo circumcision if he hasn't already had one. The culmination of the process is brief interview before the Beth Din, followed by immersion in a mikvah, after which you emerge as a Jew.
The entire process of education and counseling, along with the actual procedure and appropriate documentation are provided to eligible interested parties. For more details, you can also download the application here.
5. Adherance to Halacha
Great care is taken to assure that every aspect of the process is attended to with unquestionable attention to detail. The future of a true convert to Judaism's unquestioned legitimacy in legal and family matters is guaranteed by strict adherence to Jewish law, known as Giur KeHalacha.
A conversion performed by the Beth Din is recognized by every Jewish religious legal authority in the areas served, in Israel, and worldwide.
7. Living the life of a righteous convert
To be a successful convert, you must constantly work on yourself, striving for self-improvement in all areas of Judaism -- Torah study, prayer, halacha, etc. The rewards of this striving are in direct correlation to the amount of effort you put forth continually. A righteous convert understands this, and seeks to improve himself for the rest of his life.
The Beth Din will monitor the candidate's progress and support his/her development into a full-fledged, thriving Jew.