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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

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  • 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...

  • Jews by Choice bolster ties with first Israel mission

    By Rachel Heller

    October 10, 2008 | 12:32 am

    Misty Zollars knew she wanted to be Jewish ever since she was 13, when her best friend invited her to her first Passover seder.

    "I found the afikoman, and I knew I was going to be a Jew," said Zollars, now 28, of Sherman Oaks. "The warmth of the family tradition and the concept of...

  • There’s More to Us

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    All this week there's been some strange goings-on at the intersection of Us and Them.

    Pop diva Whitney Houston spent a few days in Israel among the black Hebrews. "It's home," she said about Israel. "It's a friendship I've never had with any other country."

    Meanwhile, Madonna donated...

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