The community of Neve Shalom has a welcoming approach to anyone considering becoming Jewish. You will be invited to attend services if you have not already done so. Preliminary discussions will take place with the membership secretary and more detailed discussions will then follow with Rabbi Mark Solomon to conclude the initial assessment period. There will then follow a period of study and attendances at synagogue. For detailed information on Liberal Judaism’s principles regarding Jewish identity please click on the link below.

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Who can become a Jew?

Anyone who wishes to take on the obligations of a Jewish life can become a Jew. You can be any age, any race, any gender orientation, and become a Jew.

Judaism welcomes sincere converts. In fact, Abraham and Sarah, the founders of the Jewish people, were not born Jewish. Throughout the ages, untold numbers of people have converted to Judaism.

Still at the Thinking Stage

If you are considering becoming Jewish too, here are some suggestions for you as you explore Judaism a step at a time.

Consider why you are thinking about conversion.

People choose to become Jewish for many different reasons. Some came to Judaism after a long spiritual search. Many people who eventually convert had their interest sparked because of a romantic relationship with someone Jewish. Among the reasons most given by people who do convert are that

  1. Judaism has sensible religious beliefs.
  2. Becoming Jewish allows the convert to share the faith of the partner.
  3. Becoming Jewish makes the family religiously united.
  4. Becoming Jewish will make it easier for children by giving them a clear religious identity.

Think about your own reasons. Remember, conversion must be your own free choice, not done because of pressure, but out of a genuine desire to embrace Judaism.

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Marriage after becoming Jewish

As the law stands only heterosexual couples can have a valid marriage conducted by a rabbi. For same-sex couples it is possible to have a service of blessing by a rabbi.  For further details see: www.liberaljudaism.org/life-cycle/marriage-civilpartnership.hmtl.