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Conversion Program

Converting to Judaism
Ohev Sholom offers a conversion program for people looking to convert under the auspices of Orthodox Judaism. Even though we are a local synagogue, we run a conversion program with formal guidelines. The conversion program requires a rigorous personal commitment of time and energy. Please read the guidelines and expectations, and if you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Rabbi Wolkenfeld at

Conversion Guidelines
The decision to convert to Judaism is one of the most powerful and life‐changing decisions that someone can make. Below are the guidelines to convert at Ohev Sholom. These guidelines include information on the application process, the requirements of the conversion candidate, and the obligations of the clergy and synagogue to the conversion candidate (e.g., the rights of all conversion candidates).

While the formal Beit Din consists of three male Orthodox Rabbis in accordance with Jewish law, Rabbi Wolkenfeld is involved in every conversion. 

"Conversion with Maharat Ruth and Rabbi Herzfeld was everything I imagined. I come from a non-religious family, and I learned how to meld my newfound love of Judaism with many of my existing family traditions. Conversion did not change my identity, it enhanced it. Our class met regularly to discuss halacha, prayer and Jewish daily practice, and to share in a safe space any challenges or questions that arose over the course of our conversion. Ohev's openness is reflected in its diverse congregation, and I thank God that my religious and spiritual journey has led me here." -Dina

"I was one of the very first students in Maharat Ruth’s conversion class at Ohev Sholom. We were a small but intimate group, and while the conversion process can be overwhelming and even intimidating, we were supported at every step by Rabbi Herzfeld and Maharat Ruth. For me the conversion was a two-year process. The classes were comprehensive and enlightening and covered many subjects of Jewish orthodox life; ranging from the very basic and simple to the more complex. Each day I felt truly blessed that I was with this shul, in this community, with these people, helping me go through this major spiritual journey. Maharat Ruth is very approachable, knowledgeable and makes you feel at ease. Her leadership and guidance on difficult issues and her courage are inspirational. She and Rabbi are true role models – embodying the principles of what it means to be an Orthodox Jew." -Malka Adina

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