Public Affirmation

Janine Preston
August 3, 2011

Anyone who really, really knows me was not surprised to receive the announcement of my conversion to Judaism. When I very seriously told my two best friends from college about my decision last fall, they started to laugh. "Janine," they said, "you have been...

Feeling Jewish

Stephanie Seiberg
July 20, 2011

When I decided to convert I wondered often, "Would I ever really feel Jewish?" I never could have anticipated that the death of my father, who was neither religious nor Jewish, would be the event that would take me there.

I had married a Jewish man several.

Conversion: Who is the Gate Keeper

Rabbi Peter Knobel
June 27, 2011

I just had the privilege of representing the Reform movement on a panel "Conversion: Who Is the Gate Keeper of the Jewish Nation" at the Israeli President's Conference in Jerusalem, Facing Tomorrow.  These are my opening remarks:

The time has come to finally...

Remembering Who (You Never Knew) You Were

Michael Doyle
April 21, 2011

Originally published on Chicago Carless

Four months ago my rabbi said to me, "Unless you're the greatestfaker ever-and I don't think you are-how will you know when you'reready?" It was a segue into asking me whether I felt the time was rightto take the next...

Ve'Nahafoch Hu: Remember what Amalek did to us - and what we did to Amalek

Daphne Lazar-Price
March 11, 2011

On the Shabbat before Purim, many congregations will read Parshat Zachor (Deuteronomy 25:17 - 20). In the three short verses of this parshah, we are commanded not once but twice to recall a dangerous attack on our people: we are told to remember (Zachor) what the Amalekites did to the Israelites after they left Egypt and not to forget (Lo Tishkach).