Temple Beth Or welcomes all who wish to worship with us or learn with us. Those who are interested in our programs or just wish to be in touch may request being added to our mailing list to receive our monthly Bulletin and other mailings on temple events.
From time to time, we have offered classes in Basic Judaism. These are not “conversion” classes per se, as they are open equally to those who are members of the temple and wishing to deepen their knowledge of Judaism, and visitors who might be exploring the prospect of conversion.
We believe that conversion is not a ritual, but a long process of acculturation. As one participates in the life of the community — in worship, study and community events — one gradually begins to feel at home in Judaism, and realize that he or she truly wants to cast his or her lot with the Jewish people. As we read in the Book of Ruth, “Your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God.” Conversion as a ritual, therefore, in effect commemorates what has already occurred deep inside oneself.
In other words, there can be no set time for the process of conversion. For some people this might take six months, for others a year or more, and for still others it might not happen at all. It is for this reason that the temple’s Basic Judaism classes carry no requirement or presumption that conversion will be the result.
Glossary of Words and Terms for Jewish Living
Judaism is more than just a religion: it’s a culture, a language, a way of life. And, integrated fully into these Jewish traditions are unique words and sayings. Though words may have different roots or origins (Hebrew, Yiddish, German), their meanings are universal throughout the Jewish community. This glossary introduces some of the more common sayings appropriate for lifestyle and holiday events.
Recommended Reading for Interfaith Families
Dealing with interfaith issues can be difficult at times. And, finding relevant information and resources to help you through the matter can also be a challenge. The following list of resources may help you to begin the journey for answers.
SOME PAMPHLETS FROM THE URJ
Becoming a Jew – A pamphlet that answers basic questions about conversion in an easily accessible question and answer format.
Intermarried? Reform Judaism Welcomes You – Yours, mine, ours: Every couple begins with two individuals from different backgrounds. Interfaith couples and their families also face the special challenges posed by different religious traditions and sometimes cultures. This pamphlet answers some basic questions and suggests some additional resources.
What’s Missing from Our Congregation?… YOU! – Created to examine the value of belonging to a synagogue and to dispel myths about synagogue membership, focusing on the synagogue as a house of worship, a house of assembly, and a house of learning.