Reform Judaism has just hosted its second 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.
The event took place last weekend and saw 20 people gather from around the country in Nottingham to explore their journeys into Judaism. The weekend was organised by Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Convenor of the Beit Din, Reform Judaism’s religious court which deals with matters of conversion. Also attending were Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz of Sinai Synagogue in Leeds and Rabbi Larry Tabick of Shir Hayim Reform Jewish Community in Hampstead.
One participant said: “I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to explore conversion in such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A totally open and non-judgemental environment to ask all your questions, the weekend was affirming, reassuring and full of joy”.
Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz said: “On behalf of Rabbi Jackie, Rabbi Larry and myself, it’s been a great and joyful privilege to run this Beit Din Weekend a second time round. Empowering those on the journey to conversion with warm and sacred community, challenging learning and questioning, accessible prayer as well as great food and stimulating conversations was a fantastic experience for all of us. Reform Judaism’s biennial Beit Din Weekend is sure to become a fixture in our Movement’s residential programming so do sign up for the next one and experience it for yourselves!”
Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick talks about the weekend on The Jewish Views podcast.