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Conversion Program

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Jew-by-Choice here at Temple Emanu-El. We place great value on the integrity of the choice of becoming a Jew, and are privileged to have the opportunity to assist you in the process of exploring developing a Jewish identity.
The process of becoming Jewish is very individual and personal. Our conversion to Judaism
program is flexible and organic in nature, but it does have certain specific requirements to assist you in coming to understand Judaism and determine if it is a choice you wish to make.
The conversion process includes taking certain Jewish Lifelong Learning Classes, attending Shabbat and Festival Services, completing writing assignments, coming to conversion group meetings, and attending one-on-one counseling with Rabbi Louchheim during your conversion journey. You can find more information about the Jewish Lifelong Learning classes we recommend below.
If you would like to learn more about the conversion process, continue reading here.

If you have further questions, feel free to email Sarah Bollt, clergy assistant at Congregation Or Chadash, by clicking here.

After registering and paying the fee for any of the classes below, you should receive login information and instructions for using Zoom approximately 24 hours before the first class. If you are registering on the DAY OF the class, please send an email to letting her know that you have registered.

Conversion Group

Rabbi Thomas Louchheim & Rabbi Scott Saulson
via Zoom until further notice
Stay tuned for the next meeting date!

Want to find out what it really means to be Jewish? These classes are offered every three months for all who are interested in converting to Judaism, are already in the conversion process, or who want to learn more about becoming a Jew and living a Jewish life. Bring all your questions. Free and open to all.
If you have further questions, feel free to email Sarah Bollt, clergy assistant at Congregation Or Chadash, by clicking here.

This class is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.



Introduction to Judaism

Rabbi Thomas Louchheim & Cantor Janece Cohen
Sundays twice monthly, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
via Zoom until further notice
free for Temple Emanu-El & Congregation Or Chadash members; $70 for Non-members
  • What does it mean to be a Jew?
  • What are Jewish values?
  • How does Judaism differ from Christianity and Islam?
  • What are the differences between Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative Judaism?
  • What do Jews believe about God?
  • How are American Jews connected to Israel?
  • From cradle to grave, what are the ways Jews observe the life cycle?
Explore the answers to these questions and more. After registering, Zoom login information will come from Sarah Bollt, Please contact Sarah with questions.

Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782