Rachel’s story

By |2019-06-20T09:39:58-05:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Conversion|

I’d like to share the Journey of my choosing to become Jewish and to my day of immersion at the Mikvah. It was the year 2016, 5776 After getting our instructions from the (super, cool) Mikvah Lady, we all went into our separate changing rooms and one by one, we waited for our turn. Standing behind the door waiting, I was taking deep breaths. I had been a little anxious that I might cry and not be able to recite the Blessings, but in fact, instead, I was filled with the most unusual blend of nervous excitement and complete calm that it’s difficult to find words to [...]

Dale’s Story

By |2020-02-27T09:54:48-05:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Conversion|

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you, Rabbi Grushcow and Rabbi Greenspan, for all your hard work and dedication in making Temple the successful community it is. Thank you, Albert and Chantalle, for always being there for me. I would like to say that many things led to my conversion. My love for Albert and 2) I believe I do have Jewish roots, and I have always been drawn to Judaism. I have often compared my life to a series of bus route changes.  One of my bus routes was that of Judaism. Before living with my life partner, I started to research a lot about Judaism.  By the [...]

“My Journey to Judaism”, Helen’s story

By |2020-02-27T09:50:54-05:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Conversion|

As far as I can remember in my adult life, I have been attracted to Judaism. At the age of 34, I sat down with my father and told him that I believed he was born Jewish. He was speechless. I had just uncovered a family secret.  Psycho-genealogy might explain this subconscious awareness I had, an awareness that was passed on from my ancestors. I felt Jewish in my kishkes. What follows are snapshots of various experiences I have had along my journey to Judaism and since my conversion. On Shabbat When I worked in the oncology clinic at the Jewish General Hospital, (and yes, I had specifically [...]

Christian’s story

By |2020-02-27T09:51:09-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

My Journey to Judaism It is hard to pin-point the spark that initiated my fondness for Judaism, its people, its history and its culture. Born into a French-Canadian Catholic family of Irish descent, I certainly did not have anything resembling Jewish in my environment. I had an abnormal interest in the Old Testament: this according to three of my teachers in grammar school, and I was the one with the embarrassing questions about certain rules, practices and even divinities that simply did not make sense to me. I kept asking why we went to church on Sunday, since the last day of the week was Saturday! And I [...]

Chuck’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:23-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

I grew up in a house where what most would imagine as an ideal family life did not exist. Relationships were cold and indifferent, and holiday celebrations were nonexistent. We were without the emotional bonds during our lives that makes a family close. Even after death, when speaking of family members lost, we treated them as if they never existed. I enlisted in the military, (U.S. Navy), right after high school, and quickly became a member of a “Unit.” A family. We taught and learned from each other, were responsible for each other’s successes, failures, and our very lives. We revered those who served before us. Those whom [...]

Chloe’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:40-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

It is hard to imagine that the word “Jewish” sounded so foreign and completely unrelated to me not too long ago. When I met my now-husband Andrew, I was fed small, delicious morsels of Jewish tradition and history. We made latkes and cholent and charoset, spun the dreidel, felt the tallit that belonged to Andrew’s great-grandfather, and he would tell me the fascinating stories he learned from Hebrew school as a child. I eventually came to realize that this was the kind of home I wanted to create for Andrew and myself. My path to becoming a Jew-by-choice was a gradual one, (as, I suppose, most life-changing journeys [...]

Jane’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:53-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

Converting to Judaism was one of the most important decisions of my life and came about when my mother-in-law passed away after seventeen years of marriage. Although I was not a practicing Catholic, I was brought up in a devout Roman Catholic family and strongly identified with religious traditions. Although I married a Jewish man, conversion was never a consideration even though I was firmly ensconced in Jewish life. At my mother-in-law’s funeral, it occurred to me that I could not eventually be buried with my husband in a Jewish cemetery, or sit shiva for him if he predeceased me. Conversion classes changed my attitude from being skeptical [...]

Duane’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:19:07-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

I will begin by saying that August 26, 2013, the day that I went to the Mikvah to complete my conversion, was the best day of my life after my wedding day. In 2007, I met the love of my life, and in 2008, we were married. I was never religious being a Christian growing up. I always did keep my faith in God but did not believe in a lot of what I was told, especially about being gay and that it was a sin. So I kept my faith private within myself and alone. Then, when I got married and even when we began dating, I [...]

Alexandra’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:19:15-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

My partner is not Jewish, and I began my path to conversion out of a sense of curiosity – I was interested in Jewish ethics and culture and wanted to learn more. At Temple, I found a great place to experience Jewish life with no pressure to convert, but a sense that I would be welcome if I ever did. I enjoyed learning about our traditions (and recipes!) and about the Hebrew alphabet, but I think the most exciting part of the official process was being welcomed to Temple in the presence of my family, who came to the service. When I became a Jew, we became “interfaith,” [...]


By |2017-05-01T09:19:31-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

Confrontée à un jeune âge à la maladie et à la mort de mes parents et de plusieurs amis, ma quête spirituelle pour donner un sens à ma survie débuta à l’adolescence. L’athéisme n’est pas d’une grande aide lorsqu’on est aux prises à de douloureuses questions existentielles. Au fil des ans, j’ai essayé différentes pratiques religieuses et spirituelles sans jamais trouver réponse à mes questions. Rien ne m’apaisait. Rien ne me ressemblait. Au fond de moi, j’ai toujours su qu’un jour je me convertirais au judaïsme. J’ai toujours ressenti un profond et inexplicable sentiment d’appartenance. La longue histoire et la culture juives ont toujours été une véritable passion, [...]


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