A Resource Guide to Jewish Conversion

By InterfaithFamily

December 30, 2009


You love Judaism, or you love Jews, or one specific Jewish person. You are thinking about becoming a Jew. We’re here to help.

But you may be surprised to know that Judaism is not a proselytizing religion. Jews did seek converts at one time, in late antiquity, but for historical reasons (mainly because the Romans made it illegal!) Jews decided not to try to recruit converts. You never get Jews going door to door trying to get people who aren’t Jewish to be Jewish.

At InterfaithFamily we aren’t an exception to this–we’re not trying to ring your virtual doorbell. Though we welcome your interest, InterfaithFamily is not about trying to convert people to Judaism. We don’t secretly hope you’ll become Jewish if you aren’t–in other words, no pressure. This guide is just to answer questions people have had for us, or that we think you might have. These are our answers, based on our reading, but conversion is a very complicated topic, and we direct you to additional resources, so you can get a lot of opinions on some of the more contentious questions.

For more personal stories about why and how people decide to convert to Judaism, check our article archive. You can also download this guide in PDF and Word formats, for easy emailing and printing.

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About InterfaithFamily

InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our new Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship will provide offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have suggestions, please contact network@interfaithfamily.com.