Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

A Tougher Reform Road To Conversion

Stephen Wise’s revamped program signals new rigor for ‘transformative’ step.

Staff Writer

When Johanna Rauth began looking for a synagogue where she could go through the process of converting to Judaism, one program stood out. Instead of taking about 12 months to complete, the program took 18. Instead of requiring an average of 16 weeks of classes, the program required 30. She signed up.

Conversion student Melissa Hume and Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch discuss prayers for Shabbat. Michael Datikash/JW

Of All Peoples, Jews Should Understand The Value of Self-Determination

Special To The Jewish Week

For Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch's piece, "Liberal Rabbi: BJ Colleagues Gave The Wrong Message," click here.

It would be very foolish for a secular Jew to step into a dispute between two or more rabbis. But given that I find the current dispute to be touching on a core concept of Jewish identity, whether it be religious or secular, I will take the risk and responsibility of such foolishness.

Jewish Artists for Haiti Benefit Concert

Aaron Herman reports on a concert at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for Haiti relief.  Featured artists include Neshama Carlebach and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir, Greg Wall and Ayn Sof. Arkestra, Frank London's and Friends, Basya Schechter and Jeremiah Lockwood, SIX13, and Stephen Said. 

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