“What makes me happiest about being Jewish, and in particular about joining a Reform synagogue, is that I have found a friendly place where I can be both spiritual and religious, and be a critical thinker all at the same time.”

Shavuot 2018

Jews by Choice tell their stories

  • Alexandra (to read more about Alexandra’s experience, click here).

“It’s hard to pin-point the spark that initiated my fondness for Judaism, its people, its history and its culture. Born into a French-Canadian Irish descendant Catholic family, I certainly did not have anything resembling Jewish in my environment.”

  • Chris (to read the rest of Chris’ story, click here).

“Bond is an important word when I think about what drew me to Judaism. The bonds. The deep love and dedication that bonds one’s personal family. The bonds between Jews all over the world. The bonds from one generation to the next by teaching, learning, and sharing the history and heritage of Judaism. As well as honoring those who walked before us.”

  • Chuck (to read Chuck’s complete statement, click here).

“I now feel that being Jewish is a lifelong evolution of learning, reflecting and trying to improve the world for future generations and preserve our traditions. My conversion was one important step in this process that helps me affirm my commitment to leading a Jewish life.”

  • Chloe (to read more about Chloe’s journey to Judaism, click here).

“Conversion classes changed my attitude from being skeptical at first to becoming enthusiastic and finally wanting to convert more than I ever thought possible. Having a Jewish identity has enriched my life in every way.”

  • Jane (to read more about why Jane decided to convert, click here).

“When I got married and even when we began dating, I celebrated all the holidays, went to the Synagogue on family occasions and began to live a Jewish life fully without any effort, and I really enjoyed the culture. After about four years of marriage and being considered a full member of the family, two forces influenced my decision to convert.”

  • Duane (to learn more about what influenced Duane to convert, click here).

“Pour moi, être juive Reform est une manière spirituelle et éthique de vivre. Ça me relie à une communauté avec laquelle je peux grandir, apprendre et partager. C’est un engagement envers la vie et le monde dans lequel nous évoluons.”

  • Nataly (to learn more about Nataly’s journey to Judaism, click here)