is a lifelong path.
Conservative Movement does not proselytize, but welcomes individuals
interested in becoming Jews by choice.
If you or someone you know is thinking of
CONVERSION TO JUDAISM
Then consider enrollment in
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM
A course offered by the Rabbinical Assembly Ontario Region
on Tuesday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Beginning January 4, 2022
Phone Rabbi Wayne Allen (647) 462-6626 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for details
candidate for conversion chooses a sponsoring rabbi who
oversees the conversion process as well as the successful completion
of a Jewish course of study. Where applicable, the Jewish partner is
expected to participate fully in the course of study. Candidates also
meet regularly with their sponsoring rabbi. Every candidate for
conversion experiences the journey differently. From the initial
meeting with the sponsoring rabbi to immersion in the mikveh
generally takes 16-18 months.
successful completion of a course of study and upon the
recommendation of the sponsoring rabbi, the conversion candidate
appears before the Beit
a panel of three rabbis. The members of the Beit
ask a variety of questions to determine the eligibility of the
candidate for conversion to Judaism.
Ontario Region operates an Introduction to Judaism course for those
desiring to learn about Judaism with an interest in conversion and a beit
a rabbinic court, to facilitate conversion to Judaism. Participation
in the Introduction to Judaism class does not guarantee conversion.
Candidates are expected to display ongoing commitment to living a
life of mitzvot,
Jewish commandments. This commitment grows each month through
learning and practice.
approval from the Beit
men require hatafat
the drawing of a tiny drop of blood from the skin of the penis, which
is performed by a skilled practitioner. Men not already circumcised
must make medical arrangements for a circumcision, which will be
followed at least a few weeks later by the hatafat
Both men and women complete their conversion by clothesless immersion
in a mikveh,
a Jewish ritual bath.
Rabbinical Assembly, Ontario Region also facilitates conversions for
adopted children and children born to a non-Jewish mother.
Rabbinical Assembly, Ontario Region operates an Introduction to
Judaism course for individuals interested in study towards
conversion. Completion of the course neither guarantees nor requires
conversion, but is one step in the conversion process to be completed
with a sponsoring rabbi. It is the responsibility of each candidate
to find a sponsor within the Rabbinical Assembly, Ontario Region.
Region runs two
concurrent annual sessions. Each session runs ten months, with a
break during the summer.
– December, Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 PM
The first class is scheduled for January 5, 2021 and ending on December 14, 2021.
Rabbi Wayne Allen
– June, Wednesday evenngs, 7:30-9:30 PM
The first class is scheduled for August 18, 2021 and ending on Sunday, June 22, 2022.
Rabbi Martin Berman
Location: All classes will be on-line until it is safe to meet in person
COVID 19 UPDATE:
the Covid 19 restrictions are lifted - class sessions will be held at
Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda 100 Elder St., Toronto, Ontario M3H 5G7 (with
two exceptions – Mikveh tour and closing session). In case of a delay
the classes will be presented over zoom.
Contact the teacher or RA President for more information.
$925.00. It may be paid in one lump sum by mail or at the initial
registration, or with three cheques, the first for $325 due and payable
at the first class, and the remaining two cheques for $300 each
post-dated to December 1, 2020 and April 7, 2021 respectively. The
fee includes instruction only.
incurred for those students completing the conversion process to
cover related costs.
Application information and form available HERE
Proficiency in Hebrew reading is essential for participation in
Jewish prayer services. The mechanics of reading Hebrew will be
taught throughout the course; however home practice is essential.
- Students will be tested at the end of each trimester. The
examination will be based on the lectures and the reading. A complete
syllabus will be made available at the start of each session. Final
grades will be communicated to the students and to the sponsoring
Attendance - Attendance will be taken at every session. No more than
five absences will be excused over the duration of the course.
Attendance - Each student is expected to attend weekly Shabbat
services and all holiday services.
course of thirty-eight weekly sessions students will learn:
will master appropriate Jewish skills including:
of the Jewish calendar
and observance of Shabbat
and rituals of prayer
- Purpose and
practice of kashrut
- Dates and
fundamentals of the Jewish holidays
- Basic Jewish
of Israel in Jewish history and Jewish thought
of Jewish ethics
- Geography of
- Key events
and personalities in Jewish history
of the conversion process
and content of the 24 book of the Bible (TaNaKH)
- Order and
divisions of Mishnah and Talmud
of Jewish legal literature from the early
rabbinic period until today
- An overview
of Jewish philosophers
- Origins and
development of Jewish mysticism
differences between the modern Jewish religious movements
- How to
identify and decode all Hebrew letters and vowels and
read (without full understanding)
- Using a
Jewish calendar Reciting
Kiddush for Shabbat and
candles for Shabbat and
- Lighting a
- Proper use
of tallit and tefillin
behavior and decorum
practices (i.e. washing, hamotzi, etc.)
- Using a
lulav and etrog
- How and
where to affix mezuzot
- Setting up a