Reflections from Recent Jews by Choice
Hearing other's stories is helpful both as a means of understanding where conversionary families are coming from and as a springboard for discussion. The following section includes helpful first-person accounts of their experience as conversion students and later as members of the Jewish people. This section will link heavily to participants from the URJs Introduction to Judaism program as well as sites such as interfaithfamily.com and Tablet Mag.
This section is mainly reflections. For more formal statements of conversion by Jews by Choice during their conversions, visit our Covenant Statement section.
From the URJ Outreach Database
- A Letter to My Sons by Dana Jennings
- Aliyah Response by Joanna Bush
- Another Ruth Speaks by Ruth Levenstein
- No, I Did Not Convert Because My Husband Is Jewish ! by Nilmini Klur
- Honoring my Christian Family by Jennifer Marshak
- How do I Know When I'm Ready? by Anonymous
- I Belong by Christina Weinberg
- I Used to Call Myself an Atheist by Kari Fields
- In the Beginning by Noni Selner
- Reflection by Jennifer Glazer
- Finding Faith in Judaism by Katherine Finnegan
- Making a Jewish Memory by Nancy Huntsman
- My Choice by Nancy Wolf
- First Encounter with an Outreach Program by Kari Fields
- Reaching Out by Angela Krieger
- Conversion Story by Peggy Kaufman
- Some Insights for your Outreach Program by Byron Petersen
- The December Dilemma by Lynn
- Gift of a Tree by F. Hannah / Faith Kelman
- The Greatest Gift by Susan Freudenheim
- Smell of a Christmas Tree by Kari Fields
- Story of Ruth by Rabbi Robert Shenckerman
- The Half Jewish Conundrum (Originally in the Jewish Week) by Rabbi Beth Nichols
- Transitioning a Life by Anonymous
- What Shabbat Means to Me by Brian Smollett
- When Do You Become Real?: Questions of a Convert to Judaism by Anonymous
- Why Do you Convert? by Kari Fields
- Why I Became Jewish by Alison Blaine
- Words for Obed by Emily Lewis
- True Confessions from a Convert's Wife by Bonnie Goldberg - a wife struggles with what it means to now be married to a Jew by Choice.
- How One Phone Called Helped Me Convert to Judaism by Charlotte Gordon - how friendliness and outreach by a neighbor helped bring a child of two faith backgrounds into the Jewish community.
- Why I Haven't Joined Hadassah Yet by Charlotte Gordon - how Hadassah and organizations don't appear during an intro to Judaism class and how entry into them can be hard for recent Jews by Choice.
- Standing Up and Being Counted by Debbie Burton - an alumni wonders what it means to have converted when attending a reunion and enjoys that idea that she can now be counted in a Hillel minyan.
From Tablet Magazine
- Intermarried by Taffy Brodesser-Akner - My husband, a convert, is more observant than I
- At Sinai by Sian Gibby - A recent convert to Judaism discusses by Shavuot is her favorite holiday
- The New Convert - a number of first person accounts a by a former Muslim, Mormon, Baptist, plus and African American, and the grand-granddaughter of a Nazi officer.
Artistic Expressions and other articles
- Pictures and descriptions by Evelyn Arvey
- From "Two Civilizations" to Multiple Identities by Susan P. Schein - This article discusses the unique story of Jeun Benjamin Smith, a Korean by birth who was adopted into an interfaith home, and is Jewish by conversion.
- Reflections by Stephen J. Dubner, from his book: Choosing my Religion