FAQs

What is the Gerecht Family Institute For Outreach at HUC-JIR?
How is the Gerecht Family Institute For Outreach Funded?
Who has access to this site?
Do I need to register to use this site?
What do I do if the Hebrew appears jumbled?
What re sources are included on this site?
Whom do I contact if I find a problem with the site or need more information?
I have an amazing resource on conversion, how can I share it with you?
Is it legal to post all this information on the Internet?


What is the Gerecht Family Institute For Outreach at HUC-JIR?

Since its first retreat, the Gerecht Family Institute for Outreach at HUC-JIR has educated hundreds of rabbis, cantors, and Jewish professionals. Each year, scores of third-year Hebrew Union College students attend one of three outreach weekends. There students learn about many of the most important issues around outreach including, building a welcoming community, working with conversion students and their families, ritual and legal issues around conversion, and the pastoral needs of the conversion student.  Hearing from a wide range of presenters include HUC faculty, rabbis and cantors in the field, URJ outreach specialists, and former and cu rrent conversion students, participants are able to gain a full and rich perspective around issues of conversion.

Visit our "who are we" page for more information.

How is the Gerecht Family Institute For Outreach Funded?

The Gerecht Institute is funded through the generosity of Ash and Gloria Gerecht and the National Center to Encourage Judaism.

Who has access to this site?

HUC-JIR students, alumni, faculty, and staff all have access to the material on this site.

Do I need to register to use this site?

You do not need to register to use this site as long as you have access to the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Jewish Studies Portal. Through this global web portal, our students, faculty and staff now have the ability to access a vast array of the latest electronic resources in Bible, Rabbinic Literature, History, Hebrew and related disciplines, available anywhere, 24 hours a day. The portal is designed to enhance learning, teaching and writing across the field of Jewish Studies, and to complement our extensive on-campus library resources already in place.

The initial development of the Jewish studies portal has been funded by a generous grant from Wendy and Ken Ruby. If you are having trouble accessing this cite please contact our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

What do I do if the Hebrew appears jumbled?

If you are having trouble reading the Hebrew on this site try using a different browser. We recommend Internet Explorer. In all cases please make sure you have the most up to date browser. For more information on reading Hebrew text visit Mechon Mamre.

What resources are included on this site?

This site has a host of resources including (but not limited to):

  • A vast library of biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern texts about conversion
  • A collection of some of the most important secondary literature written about the history, law, sociology, and psychology of conversion
  • Educational resources (both curricula and lesson plans) to use with conversion students
  • A menu of programs to reach out to interfaith families in your congregation as well as to potential conversion students
  • Rituals, both ancient and modern to help make the most meaningful experience for your conversion student
  • Creative expression from those who have and are in the process of converting

Whom do I contact if I find a problem with the site or need more information?

If you need to contact us for any reason, please fill out the "contact us" form and we would be happy to get back to you.

I have an amazing resource on conversion, how can I share it with you?

We are constantly looking to add new tools and information to our Gerecht site.  Anything from films, to lesson plans, to books that need to be read, we believe that these are all amazing tools for teaching about conversion.  Please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your submission.

Is it legal to post all this information on the Internet?

Whenever possible, we contacted the copyright owner for all our content to collect permission for use.  Please respect the fair use policy of this content, and do not redistribute it on the internet.