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Hello, For a while I have been trying to convert. I live in a small area in Michigan so it is hard to find much. I want to learn about Judaism and one day convert. I have looked at all the types of Judaism and decided Conservative would be best. But I do not know where to go to learn and convert. Any help would be appreciated.
I’d say your best bet is to start at a synagogue, and make an appointment with a rabbi. Even if there isn’t one convenient to you, they may be able to reccomend someone in your area who can guide you. They may even have some classes you can take.
Another good step would be to read some books, like “To Life!” by Harold Kushner, to learn more about it.
Some links I like on Judaism are aish.com and http://www.jewfaq.org. I think these are both Orthodox though, but still a good source of knowledge. It is good that you have done some research on Judaism. The first thing you will need to do is contact a Rabbi. You said you wanted to be Conservative, so go here and locate a Shul in your area http://www.uscj.org (go to locate a Synagogue)
After that, e-mail or call the Rabbi- it is tradition for a Rabbi to turn a possible convert away three times, but I don’t think a Conservative Shul would do this, but if they do don’t get discouraged just keep coming back until you get a Yes. ~smiles~
Most Synagogues aka Shuls have conversion classes, so you can learn more about Judaism. After a year of conversion classes, you have to decide if you would like to convert or not.
If you haven’t been to Shul try a few out to get a feel for the service or what kind of Jew you may want to be. Another thought, being Jewish is about community, so try to get involved with things like JCC, so you can meet friends and such.
Good Luck with your studies. I wish you the best.
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