Today is August 14, 2018 -
According to halakha [ha-la-KHA], Jewish Law, a person can be Jewish in two ways:
1) By being born to a Jewish mother
2) By converting to Judaism
If the mother is not Jewish, her child can become Jewish according to Jewish Law. Rabbi Abraham will be happy to discuss this further and answer any questions you might have.
A child of a non-Jewish mother may attend our religious school (BESTT), youth groups, and other youth programs with the understanding the child must be converted before Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Both parents are encouraged to attend religious school programs and holiday celebrations, as well as synagogue youth and family programming.
The decision to become a Jew is a very personal one, made only after deep reflection. If you wish to explore conversion, Rabbi Abraham will be pleased to answer your questions and guide you through the conversion process. After the conversion, the person is Jewish according to Jewish Law.
The Clergy and Board of Beth El Synagogue believe these standards allow us to bring people close to Torah, enabling us to fulfill our mandate as Or La’Goyim or “a light unto the nations.” We feel strongly that blessings and other mitzvoth are obligations that pertain only to members of the Jewish faith. In Judaism these rites and obligations are acquired either by birth or through conversion.
Beth El Synagogue is open to all people interested in experiencing Judaism and Jewish community.