But this is 21st century America, not 18th century Poland or 20th century Germany. Pew tells us that Americans are switching religions like never before. Do we want to enter the competition armed with our wonderful 3,000-year-old history, or kvetch about assimilation, intermarriage and our dwindling numbers?
The pluralistic Sandra Caplan Bet Din provides answers to frequently asked questions:
I'm interested in converting to Judaism. What is the process?
Study. Attend an introduction to Judaism course and/or learn with your (sponsoring) rabbi.
When Susanne Shier first heard about the mikvah, the ritual immersion bath that's part of the conversion process, she was a bit leery.
"I got nervous about it," she told The Journal before her immersion in March.