NCEJ-URJ “Introduction to Judaism” Marketing Grant

NCEJ-URJ “Introduction to Judaism” Marketing Grant

Through NCEJ, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has awarded 12 grants to congregations / consortia of congregations to market their “Introduction to Judaism” classes.  The congregations are located in areas where the URJ does not coordinate...
The Rabbinical Assembly Conversion Work Grant

The Rabbinical Assembly Conversion Work Grant

The Rabbinical Assembly (RA) is the recipient of a significant grant from the National Center to Encourage Judaism to support the conversion work of colleagues.  Having learned about our extensive programming in this area, the Executive Director of NCEJ, Ellen...
NCEJ Partners with FJMC

NCEJ Partners with FJMC

The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, Understanding Intermarriage Initiative, received a Grant from the National Center to Encourage Judaism (NCEJ) in order to award grants to Conservative Congregations throughout North America to openly advertise that they are...
Converts should be welcomed with open arms

Converts should be welcomed with open arms

This is an excerpt from a thought-provoking article that appeared in Tablet Magazine March 2016, written by Bethany Mandel.—-Ellen Ivanka Trump and double standards for converts. Jewish converts are often unfairly scrutinized and face intense pressure to obey...
The “Conversion” Conversation

The “Conversion” Conversation

There’s a range of opinions on when to talk about conversion. This article, which appeared in CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism in 2014, is quite thought provoking for anyone involved with outreach or interested in converting. –Ellen Gerecht CJ:...

It’s time for the Jews to proselytize

This is a fascinating article by Orthodox rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Even if one doesn’t agree with all he says, his main point is absolutely true–rabbis and synagogues need to welcome “seekers” into their communities, talk openly about why be...
You never know when someone will want to convert…

You never know when someone will want to convert…

This article shows the importance of welcoming–and why NCEJ gives out grants for outreach and conversion efforts. –Ellen Why I Converted to Judaism While 7 Months Pregnant kveller.com/why-i-converted-to-judaism-while-7-months-pregnant/ Leslie Contreras...
Finding a Way to Judaism

Finding a Way to Judaism

Here’s a story from reformjudaism.org I just came across about a woman who was brought up in another faith but found her home in Judaism as an adult. We need more people who feel as she does.—–Ellen Crossing the Border–Jewish at the Boundaries...
Patrilineal descent

Patrilineal descent

 Here’s a way to be more welcoming.–Ellen Op-Ed: Why Conservative Judaism should accept patrilineal Jews By Charles Simon   November 25, 2015 4:05pm  JTA NEW YORK (JTA) – There’s a lot to celebrate in the Conservative movement, despite the news about our...
Allow Conservative rabbis to officiate at interfaith weddings

Allow Conservative rabbis to officiate at interfaith weddings

 I came across this article in JTA by Seymour Rosenbloom. Thought it was a very interesting article. ELKINS PARK, Pa. (JTA) — The Conservative movement’s leadership must drop its ban on Conservative rabbis officiating at interfaith weddings — before it’s too late. The...