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Question

If a Jewish man wishes to marry a woman who has converted to Judaism by means of a Reform Conversion process can they be married in a Conservative Synagogue by a Conservative Rabbi and would they be able to become members of a Conservative Synagogue?

Answer

First of all, the Rabbi of the Conservative synagogue is the final authority to both your questions, and I would urge that you speak with that Rabbi directly. No one else can speak for that Rabbi.

Secondly, a great deal depends upon the conversion process - the elements of education, bet din, mikveh, etc. and also the standards of the two Rabbis involved. If an element isn't what the Conservative Rabbi would want and the young woman has no objection, then the conversion process can simply be completed. For example, if the mikveh wasn't kosher, then the convert can go to a kosher mikveh - which is a wonderful spiritual experience for this and for other times in the life of a couple.

It is important for future children that the conversion be kosher so that the children will be considered part of the Jewish People and be able to celebrate their life cycle events in the Conservative congregation of your choice.

Best Wishes,

Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
Foundation for Family Education (FFFE)

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