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All candidates chant the Shema, the central prayer for Jews, during their Conversion.  Click the word  to hear this prayer.

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  • The Bet Din schedules in-person sessions at the American Jewish University Mikveh  during the week usually at 11 am and 1:00 pm through the Calendar. The University is closed for Jewish holidays and University vacations.  A Bet Din must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance of the session date.
  • Additional sessions can also be arranged at American Jewish University, one of our branch synagogues in Orange or Ventura or San Luis Obispo Counties or virtually.
  • Your sponsoring rabbi will schedule your appointment; or once you have applied, you can schedule in consultation with your sponsoring rabbi.

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Introduction to Judaism Courses

Many candidates complete a course of study with one of the endorsed programs below. The following courses are known to satisfy the Preparatory Requirements for Conversion of the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din if the attendee completes. Alternatively, some synagogues offer an independent introductory course that may also prove satisfactory. And a few candidates succeed after studying privately with a rabbi or other tutor.

Introduction to Judaism courses, sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism (the association of North American Reform synagogues).

Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University (non-denominational).

Pathways to Judaism sponsored by Jewish Collaborative Orange County.

Introduction to Judaism classes by the Judaism by Choice program (trans-denominational).

Introduction to Judaism course, sponsored by Open Temple and the Academy for Jewish Religion California (trans-denominational).

Jewish Literacy courses, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County.

Inclusion Policy

We welcome candidates for conversion to apply regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, or marital status.

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