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...
Local Jewish nonprofit seeks gentile conversions

Local Jewish nonprofit seeks gentile conversions

An interview about NCEJ  by Suzanne Pollack of Washington Jewish Week December 2015.   A Silver Spring nonprofit organization is funding outreach programs to non-Jews in an effort to bring them into the fold. “Our primary purpose is to support programs that...