Reform Conversion program

There is some overlap, but I wanted to share the syllabus provided by my rabbi. This is in addition to this awesome compilation:

Required Texts:

  • To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking by Harold Kushner
  • Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice by Mark Washofsky
  • JPS Hebrew-English Tanahk, Jewish Publication Society
  • Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, & Its Histroy by Joseph Telushkin

Recommended Texts:

  • Mishkan Tefillah,CCAR Press
  • Chosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judiasm and for their Family and Friends by Anita Diamant
  • The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel
  • Bedside Torah, Bradley Shavit Arson and Miriyan Glazer
  • The Torah: A Woman’s Commentary,URJ Press 2007

Recommended Movies:

  • Escape from Sobior, 1987
  • Fiddler On the Rood, 1971
  • Schindler’s List, 1993
  • The Ten Commandments, 1956

Other movies, that I personally add:

  • Driving Miss Daisy, 1989
  • This is Where I Leave You, 2014
Every life is a once-told tale.  Your story is a scripture, and God is the Reader; therefore, we are swept up in a cosmic love affair, whether God cares or not.  Despite the nightmare, I will interpret for good and seal this Book of Life with a kiss.  O Reader of All Life, wait for me while I am away in battle on earth.  I will write every day, and when I return I shan’t leave You again.  My actions are a love letter to You.  Read it, and weep.
—  Rabbi Zoe Klein, from Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions (ed. Rabbi Paul Citrin, CCAR Press, 2014)


[text]: YOU DIDNT ANSEWRR THR RIDDLE. You can’t just say let me guess. That’s. None answer Jon.

[text]: why am I drunk texting you?

[text]: I think the better question is how did I get your cell number ?????

[text]: teh answer is I’m a genius. Nothing is out of my reach.

[text]: except my ccar keys. This MORON bartendr took them. Git ur straw stuffed ass over here and gimme a ride.

You cannot be a Jew in a vacuum. Judaism is a ‘group faith,’ which is to say that, in addition do the personal religious experience each of us may have as Jews, we can also share a sense of historic and communal connectedness. We do that by being with other Jews; we do that by appreciating the synagogue as a house of assembly.
—  Gates of Shabbat, CCAR, page 42 of paperback