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:...
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...