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  • Conversion celebration takes a surprise turn — into a wedding

    June 28, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Helen Rados showed up at the Bedford Post Inn north of New York City to celebrate the conversion of her friend Angela Gold.But as she approached, Rados spotted a chuppah on a hill behind the building.

    She figured someone else had booked a wedding. Then she saw Angela wearing a...

  • Conversion: An Irish Catholic comes ‘home’ to Judaism

    March 21, 2013 | 4:42 am

    Growing up Catholic in Ireland can be intense, and it may be one reason why Philomena Wallace decided to become a Jew.

    “There were too many questions and no answers when I was Irish Catholic,” said Wallace, who grew up in the small village of Wexford. “It was a very strict...

  • Converting: The best decision of her life

    March 7, 2013 | 3:34 am

    When Donna Levine told her mother she had converted, the response was that she would burn in hell. A friend encouraged Levine to join Jews for Jesus. She had to explain to this friend that, unfortunately, that wouldn’t work.

    “I told her that if you are really serious about being...

  • Double-dip conversion

    By Jared Baker

    January 30, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    When Jennifer Harrison-Gomez decided to convert to Judaism, her husband, Brian Gomez, followed suit.

    At 8 years old, Jennifer saw a film about Judaism that sparked her interest. In middle school, she read “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which further intrigued her. As an adult, she...

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  • An example to her children

    January 9, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Fourteen years ago, Catherine and Bruce Penso’s oldest daughter, Leah, was ready to become a bat mitzvah. But before her big day, Leah told her parents that she wanted to go to the mikveh and formally convert. 

    Catherine and her younger daughter, Rebecca, decided to join Leah in...

  • Challenges and celebrations

    December 5, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    When Andromeda Stevens, 46, found herself falling in love with Judaism, she knew it was time to convert.

    She and her husband, Glenn Stevens, who live in Beverlywood, started living a Jewish life together years before they were married, and Andromeda converted after the wedding....

  • Finding Judaism through music

    November 16, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    For Chris Hardin, converting to Judaism was a family affair. 

    In November 1994, Hardin, then 38, stepped into the mikveh. That day, his daughter and wife did the same. 

    Hardin’s conversion process began when he met his future wife, Jennifer, on a cruise ship. He was directing...

  • Stories of Jewish Conversion: Frank Siciliano

    September 27, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Hearing the name Frank Siciliano, you would probably not immediately think “Orthodox Jew.” But this Jew by Choice, who has lived in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood for the past three years, is as passionate about his religion and his people as one can get. 

    Siciliano, a...

  • Israeli high court affirms conversions questioned by rabbinical courts

    April 27, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Israel’s high court reversed two annulled conversions to Judaism and affirmed thousands of others.

    Two women had in 2008 appealed to the rabbinical appeals court annulments by lower rabbinical courts of their conversions, which came about because of divorce cases.

    The rabbinical...

  • Converting Jews to Christianity and voting for Gingrich

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 30, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    The connection between converting Jews and voting for Newt Gingrich is obvious, nu?

    I’m on the road right now, but had to share this incredibly awkward news from Newt Gingrich’s final push in Florida. Yesterday the GOP presidential candidate Calista joined thousands of evangelical...

  • Priest, born Jewish, is ‘Torn’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 2, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    In the opening scene of the documentary “Torn,” an official asks an elderly man for his name, and he replies, “Romuald-Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel.”

    This name encapsulates the fate of Jakub (Yankele) Weksler, born 1943 in Lublin, Poland, to Jewish parents during the Holocaust...

  • What is it with people wishing me a Merry Christmas???

    By Julia Bendis

    December 14, 2010 | 2:11 pm

    Everywhere you go during this time of year, you are bound to get a “Merry Christmas!”, and that’s perfectly fine with me.  If its a stranger, in return I just do my usual:  “Yea, Yea Happy Hanukkah to you too!”  After which, they give me that sad face, as if to say: “Oh, I’m sorry!” ...

  • Journey to Judaism

    April 28, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    I grew up in Valparaiso, a predominantly white, Christian city in northwestern Indiana.  Brought up in a fervently Lutheran family, I attended a Lutheran parish (a church-run school) for eight years, went to church twice a week, and prayed before every meal and every night before...

  • Will Britney Become Jewish?  Has She?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 14, 2009 | 3:49 pm

    This week ABC News sent Twitter all atwitter with a photo of Britney Spears sporting a Star of David necklace.  Has the pop star, asked ABC, converted to Judaism?

    The comeback queen has had a variety of religious dabblings over the years, including Kabbalah and Hinduism, despite her...

  • My big fat Dominican Orthodox Jewish wedding

    December 12, 2008 | 1:56 am

    I wanted to elope. He didn't. Actually, toward the end of our wedding planning, he did -- but his family, which is much larger than mine, was expecting a big fat Orthodox Jewish wedding. What they weren't expecting was a big fat Dominican Orthodox Jewish wedding.

    My husband, a Jew by...

  • Jewgrass star Mare Winningham had ‘amazing’ Yom Kippur

    By The Web Guy

    October 17, 2008 | 10:02 pm

    Mare Winningham spoke with Ron Kaplan of the New Jersey Jewish News last week, and said she ” . . . was still on a high from davening and fasting the day before.

    “You’re catching me at a good time, because I’ve done no wrong; I’m clean,” she said. “We had an amazing Yom...

  • Lindsay Lohan converting to Judaism?

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 15, 2008 | 7:21 pm

    Lindsay Lohan knows how to raise eyebrows. First, as a preternaturally talented young actress. Then, as a talented young actress who partied too hard and checked into rehab. And now, as an edgy Hollywood starlet who publicly canoodles with lady friend, DJ Samantha Ronson. And it’s...

  • Don’t build walls to keep out non-Jews

    By Gary Tobin

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    A study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that Americans are switching religions more than ever. As many as one of every two adults does not practice the religion in which they were born or raised.

    Evangelical and nondenominational Protestantism are the winners....

  • Michael Richards: still not a Jew

    November 20, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Richards is not a Jew.

    As Cosmo Kramer in "Seinfeld," Richards played one on TV. But he himself is not Jewish -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Richards lashed out a heckler at the Laugh Factory last Friday, spitting out the "N" word without humor and with...

  • Them and Us

    By Rob Eshman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Jews are just stupid. I'm telling you Rob, they're just stupid."

    "Can I quote you on that, rabbi?"

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis hesitated a second, then said, "Sure, you can quote me."

    Of course, he wasn't talking generally. Some of the rabbi's best friends are Jews. He is passionate in...

  • A Superhero Dreams

    By Brendan Howard

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When friendly strangers find out I'm a convert to Judaism, they want to know why.

    And I've learned to be ready.

    I have two stories: One is

    respectable, and one involves comic books and video games.

    The first is the one I bring out for casual conversations, for puzzled strangers and...

  • Nell Carter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Nell Carter, the African American Jew best known for bawdy turns in the Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin'" and the 1980s sitcom "Gimme A Break!" died Jan. 23 of uncertain causes. She was 54.

    The stout, sassy singer-actress -- who won a 1978 Tony Award for "Misbehavin'" spent the...

  • A Second Wake-Up Call

    By Jack Wertheimer

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It took nearly 10 years, but now the other shoe has dropped. In the early 1990s, the American Jewish community was jolted by findings of an intermarriage rate exceeding 50 percent during the previous five years. Now, a new survey sponsored by the American Jewish Committee...

  • Power, Politics And People

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli lawmaker Alex Lubotsky was having a bad day on Jan. 29. Hehad come to Jerusalem's Ramada hotel to address a visiting group ofOrthodox Jews from America, to plead for their support of thecompromise conversion plan authored by Finance Minister YaakovNeeman.

    He didn't have much...

  • 10 Ways to Welcome Converts

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Maller has written dozens of articles on conversion during his 30 years at Temple Akiba, Culver City. In "God, Sex and Kabbalah" (Samuel Weiser), he notes that many converts to Judaism were found to have Jewish ancestors. -- Ari L. Noonan



  • Finding Their Way

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Her husband, Christopher, a pianist and composer, agrees.

    "Sometimes, when I play at Jewish weddings, I have to explain to them that the kiddush should come before the motzi, the blessing of the bread."

    Like most converts, the Hardins take the precepts of their adopted faith more...

  • Converts to Judaism Can Now Find Each Other Online

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Converts to Judaism can now find each other -- and counsel from several rabbis -- on line.

    On America Online, for example, there are currently 489 postings in a "Jews by Choice" area. Just click on keyword "Jewish" to get to the Jewish area called Jewish Community Online. There, click...

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