JEWISH CONVERSION Archive

Secular vs.

Shifting from a secular life to a religiously observant one can definitely teach you who your friends are--and aren't. My social circle looks very different at the end of my Jewish conversion journey than it did at the beginning of it. That's OK. Read More

Passoverwrought

Plan all the phoney matzah meals you want, or avoid it completely and subsist on permitted meats and quinoa. No amount of advance planning will take all the sting out of observing Passover. Nor should it. Read More

Oy to the World

When a well-meaning friend asked me on Christmas Eve, "Is being at temple tonight hard for you?" they were surprised I said, "No." I wasn't surprised at all. Read More

“Yenta, please.”

Saturday after temple in a north side Starbucks, I sat down with a Reform Jewish friend. I had my kippah on and my computer open. As we were walking out, an Orthodox woman sitting nearby turned to a stranger and told him I wasn't going to be a good Jew. And as you may have guessed, I marched right back in. Read More

Kippah Grip

The beauty of Reform Judaism is the freedom to adopt traditional practices that speak to your heart. The beast of Reform Judaism is getting the fish eye from Reform Jews who think adopting tradition makes you Orthodox. Problem is, tradition is just what many potential converts--like me and my kippah-covered head--are attracted to. Read More