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Reform Judaism’s biggest ever conversion weekend

Participants on Reform Judaism's biggest ever residential weekend for people considering conversion to Judaism, currently in the process of conversion or who have recently converted. Reform Judaism has held its biggest ever residential weekend for people considering conversion to Judaism, currently in the process of conversion or who have recently converted.

This innovative event first took place in 2014 and underlines Reform Judaism’s commitment to an open and inclusive Judaism, seeking out new opportunities and spaces in which to engage with people wherever they are on their Jewish journey, including those becoming Jewish, as well as people with partners who are currently not Jewish.

30 people from diverse backgrounds took part in the event held over Shabbat in Nottingham led by Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Convenor of the Beit Din, Reform Judaism’s religious court which deals with matters of conversion. Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, Reform Judaism’s Community Educator and Rabbi Larry Tabick were also present to teach and engage in discussions exploring the participants’ journeys into Judaism.

Workshops explored practical skills, spiritual aspects of Judaism and questions of identity and becoming part of the wider Jewish community.

One participant said: “I can’t imagine a better programme than this. The experience of sharing with other people in a similar position gave a sense of community and I am confident that I am on the right track”.

Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick said: “It is wonderful to see this unique event go from strength to strength. It really empowers people on their Jewish journeys and it is a privilege to part of it as my own Judaism is enriched and I learn new ways of expressing my Jewish life from the participants”.

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