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  • How Converting to Orthodox Judaism is Like Being Transgender

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 16, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I’ll start by saying I’m not converting to Orthodox Judaism, and I’m not transgender. So this whole blog post is written from an outsider’s perspective, and as a result, it may contain inaccuracies. I apologize to anyone who feels I have given an inaccurate picture of either the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Love, Faith & Converting

    By Ilana Angel

    August 12, 2012 | 7:16 am

    I would like for my son to marry a nice Jewish girl.  It is important to me, and while I know some people think it is ridiculous, I will feel like a bit of a failure as a mother if he marries a woman who is of another faith.  Love is elusive and his happiness is the most important...

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  • 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...

  • Rumor mill: 3 reasons why Paul McCartney is probably NOT converting to Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 28, 2011 | 1:47 pm

    This morning my inbox contained an email from Heeb magazine declaring: “Paul McCartney to convert.”  In light of his recent marriage to Jewess Nancy Shevell, a blog post on the magazine’s Website boasts, “Word on the street is that he promised the missus he’d become a Member of the...

  • DiCaprio converting to Judaism?

    December 6, 2010 | 9:38 am

    Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be considering converting to Judaism for his longtime girlfriend, Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.

    The possible conversion by DiCaprio, a non-practicing Catholic, is a sign that the popular American actor and Refaeli will marry, the Daily Mail reported...

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