Conversion focused programming includes Adult Education classes and other learning opportunities, special Services, meetings with clergy, and lifecycle based events.
“One of the most moving events in my life was my conversion to Judaism. This spiritual journey was capped by a ceremony with family and friends in the Temple Chapel that I will never forget.”
- Eric Revels, Temple committee and board member
Some Helpful Resources
Dealing with interfaith issues can be difficult at times. And, finding relevant information and resources to help you through the matter can also be a challenge. The Union for Reform Judaism provides helpful information on their website www.urj.org/outreach. We have also compiled the following list of resources that may help you begin the journey for answers.
Many of these books can be found in Temple Sholom’s library.
Conversion − Choosing Judaism
Berkowitz, Rabbi Allan L., and Moskovitz, Patti. Embracing the Covenant. Jewish Lights Publishing, 1996.
Diamant, Anita. Choosing a Jewish Life. Schocken Books Inc., 1998.
Kukoff, Lydia. Choosing Judaism. URJ Press, 1981.
Lamm, Maurice. Becoming a Jew. Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1991.
Cowan, Paul with Cowan, Rachel. Mixed Blessings: Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks in an Interfaith Marriage. Penguin Books, Inc., 1989.
Friedland, Ronnie, and Case, Edmund, editors. The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.
Keen, Jim. Inside Intermarriage: A Christian Partner’s Perspective on Raising a Jewish Family. New York: URJ Press, 2006.
Introduction to Judaism and Jewish Living
Einstein, Rabbi Stephen J. and Kukoff, Lydia. Every Person's Guide to Judaism. UAHC Press, 1989.
Knobel, Rabbi Peter (ed.) Gates of the Seasons: A Guide to the Jewish Year. CCAR Press, 1992.
Syme, Rabbi Daniel B. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living. UAHC Press, 1988.
Jewish Parenting and Grandparenting
Abramowitz, Yosef I., and Silverman, Rabbi Susan. Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children. Golden Books,1997.
Diamant, Anita, and Kushner, Karen. How to Be a Jewish Parent. Schocken Books, Inc., 2000.
Fuchs−Kreimer, Parenting as a Spiritual Journey, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1998.
Mogel, Wendy. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self−Reliant Children. Scribner Publishing, 2001.