Online Bet Din for Jewish Conversion with Sim Shalom
If you are considering converting to Judaism, study with us online. We have the very best- and the only fully online program of study.
Our Conversion program is comprised of eight courses, which you access on line. There is no time restriction on completing your study- it can take just a few short months. Our online program is designed to be thorough and convenient.
Monthly Online Study sessions are scheduled so you may learn, ask questions and participate in a group setting with your peers from anywhere in the world!
As part of the coursework you are asked to attend synagogues of different denominations. Rabbi Blane believes it is important to learn the differences and similarities and to decide where you fit.
Mikvah (ritual immersion) is highly significant, deeply spiritual and required. This can be accomplished in your own area at a local Mikvah, a lake or even the ocean. Circumcision or Hatafat Dam (drawing a drop of blood) is not required. More details will be available upon request.
At the conclusion of your study you will immerse yourself in a local Mikvah and them meet online with a Bet Din which is three Rabbis. You will then be welcomed as a member of K’lal Yisrael (the Community of Israel) and you will be mailed a certificate of conversion. When you are converted, you will be 100% Jewish.
Sim Shalom, our Online synagogue is Jewish Universalist (www.UJUC.org). As envisioned by Rabbi Blane Jewish Universalism is a non-judgmental, completely Interfaith supportive Movement. We are proud to be Jewish Universalist, but please understand that when you convert, you may choose whatever path of Judaism resonates for you. Only Orthodox Judaism will require further study and re-conversion. To all the other movements, you will be a Jew.
More Information About Our Program
Start your studies at ANY TIME and proceed at your own pace. All of our courses can be accessed online.
Study from wherever you are (in the United States only), all you need is Internet. No travel is required (except to visit a Mikvah)!
Our program is mostly self-directed and self paced. There are 8 online courses you will need to complete. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to:
- Holidays and Festivals
- Kashrut (Kosher Law)
- Jewish Symbols and their Meanings
- Jewish History
- Life Cycle Events
You will also attend a minimum of 4 monthly online group sessions (led by a facilitator) where you may ask questions you may have about the courses.
Fees for the course are:
- $150.00 per each unit – there are 8 in total (you will need to pay this fee before gaining access to each unit)
- $300.00 for the Bet Din (the Rabbis who oversee the final conversion process)
- Required books will need to be purchased (approximately $75)
We will then send you a Letter of Understanding, set up a “navigation” session to show you how to access your online coursework and your journey begins!
Denominations and the Sim Shalom Conversion Process
There is controversy within the Jewish Community over Conversion. You cannot count on an any particular Denomination’s Conversion to satisfy everyone. Our conversion, or a Reform or even Conservative conversion would typically not be acceptable in the Orthodox Jewish world.
Sim Shalom’s Jewish Conversion course of study is traditional in it’s process- study, Mikvah and Bet Din- but liberal in that we do not require men to undergo a circumcision or Hatfat HaDam Brit (exacting a drop of blood).
It is most important that you are comfortable within your Jewish Community. We are certain that G-d is pleased to welcome anyone to the Jewish faith regardless of their level of observance or denominational affiliation.
And please understand, if in the future you life’s journey leads you to a more traditional path of observance- additional study leading to a more traditional conversion would only be a blessing!
G-d Bless you on your journey. Hope to “see” you online at Sim Shalom Services!