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Ask the Conservative Rabbi: Conversion to Judaism

Conservative Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner provides answers to questions about conversion to Judaism and Jewish converts.
Can I convert to Judaism while my wife remains a Christian?
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked if one spouse can convert to Judaism while the other remains a Christian. He is also asked if an intermarried convert to Judaism could become a rabbi.
I want to convert and need help finding a rabbi and Judaism course in New York.
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked for help finding a Reform rabbi and Judaism course in Long Island or Queens, New York for a potential convert to Judaism.
If I convert to Judaism, can I become a Jew without becoming an Israeli?
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked by a potential convert to Judaism if he can become a Jew without becoming an Israeli.
Will my conversion to Conservative Judaism be accepted in Israel?
A convert to Conservative Judaism asks Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is his conversion will be accepted in Israel and if he is eligible for the right of return to the Jewish State.
My fiance is converting. Is circumcision for adults essential?
Conservative Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked if an adult who is converting to Judaism must undergo circumcision.
Conservative Rabbi - What happens to a convert's status when Jewish practices are not performed?
Does a convert's status as a Jew become invalid if Jewish practices are not performed?
Bruce James - Baruch Gershom
Bruce James converted to Orthodox Judaism in June 1980. Bruce has continued his Jewish studies, including learning Talmud each day in the Daf Yomi program. In honor of the 20th anniversary of his conversion, in 2000, he translated a page of Talmud Tractate Kesubos for Art Scroll Publications and is listed in Kesubos as an editorial contributor. Bruce has contributed the following articles to the About Judaism site.
Conservative Rabbi - Duties of a Convert to Judaism
What are the duties of a new convert to Judaism? Will a convert's status as a Jew become invalid if Jewish practices are not performed?
Conservative Rabbi - How to Convert to Judaism
Conservative Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner describes how to convert to Judaism.
Why doesn't Orthodox Judaism accept Conservative conversions? - Conservative Judaism
Why doesn't Orthodox Judaism accept Conservative conversions?
Conversion of Adopted Child
How do I convert the child I adopted?
Aliyah after a Reform Conversion
Can a Reform convert make aliyah, immigrate to Israel?
Marriage between a Cohen and a Convert
Can a Cohen marry a convert?
Hearing Impairment and Conversion
Can a person who is hearing impaired convert to Judaism?
Conversion of a Newborn
How can I convert my newborn baby?
Acceptance of a Reform Conversion
Does the Conservative movement accept a convert who has undergone a Reform conversion?
Conversion without a Mikveh
Is conversion with ritual immersion acceptable?
Must a Convert's Children Convert?
A single mother, who has converted herself, asks if she must also have her children converted.
Converts Seeks Support
Where can a convert, especially one with an unsupportive family, get support during the conversion process?
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