People convert to Judaism for many reasons. Some are seeking religious meaning in their lives – with or without any connection to a Jewish partner – and simply find that Judaism offers a spiritual and religious place in which they are comfortable. For others, a relationship or marriage with a Jewish person offers them a first chance to explore Judaism. Some people convert to become part of a Jewish family and to raise Jewish children, many after living in a Jewish family for years. Others choose to remain a non-Jewish member of a Jewish family, sometimes still participating fully in Jewish life.
Judaism respects the religious beliefs of others, as well as the convictions of those who choose no religion. If you are considering joining the Jewish People, we invite you to make an appointment with one of our Rabbis. The Rabbi will not only discuss the process and implications of becoming a Jew, but he or she will take time to discuss your choice and his or her expectations of you. You are welcome to attend a service or event at Temple Sinai. Let Judy Mahan, membership and engagement director know that you are coming and she will make sure that someone greets you warmly and guides you through your visit with us.
Another excellent way to get a sense of the traditions and practices of Judaism is to enroll in class such as "Introduction to Judaism." This class is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism, including individuals considering conversion, interfaith couples, and those who were born Jewish and want to learn more about their own heritage. Although many people do take the course as part of the process of converting to Judaism, there are no assumptions or expectations that you will convert as a result of your participation in the class.
If you choose one of our Rabbis as your sponsoring Rabbi, he or she will guide you through every step of your conversion.