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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 Appel 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 our Rabbinic Assistant, Degas Lopez, 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 within 48 hours of registering. These instructions will come from

Conversion Group

Rabbi Thomas Louchheim & Rabbi Scott Saulson
Sunday, July 19, 2020; 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
via Zoom until further notice
No fee; however, please register here by Friday, July 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm

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.

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



Hebrew Marathon

Cantorial Soloist
Marjorie Hochberg
via Zoom until further notice
The cost is $40 for members & $55 for non-members.
Learn to read Hebrew in two fun sessions - just seven hours - guaranteed! This year, read along with the prayers at services, and make Hebrew a language you know!
The Hebrew Marathon will take place via Zoom only.
The first session will be on Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; and on Monday, August 17, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Please register and pay here
The second session will be on Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; and on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Please register and pay here.
The third session will be on Sunday, January 10, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; and on Monday, January 11, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Please register and pay here.

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