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Our Bet Din - About Us

The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California was founded in 2002 on the premise that conversion to Judaism can and ought to be an experience that transcends denominations. The organization adheres to clear, universal standards and is directed by a professional rabbinate that guides and welcomes conversion candidates with sensitivity and gentleness.  We are proud to welcome new Jews from diverse racial, cultural, ethnic, and class backgrounds. We welcome new Jews from diverse gender histories and expressions, and we are proud to work sensitively and individually with all candidates to bring them, body and soul, into the Jewish people.

Rabbis from the Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform movements, as well as transdenominational rabbis, have agreed on standards and procedures; this assures that converts will be welcomed by the great majority of the Jewish community. Our pluralistic, permanent sitting court is virtually unprecedented.

The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California was founded in 2002

Our Name

Sandra Caplan (1952–2001) was a convert to Judaism who led an exemplary Jewish life. Her premature death was widely mourned. This Bet Din was named after her, and our work honors her memory. (To read more about her, click here.

Our Dayanim (Panelists or “Judges”)

Our Bet Din consists of about 130 rabbis. Our members take turns serving on the panel that meets with each candidate for conversion (or with their parents, in the case of children). Our members have been specially trained for this purpose. When they serve on a panel, they are known as dayanim.

Our dayanim are volunteers. They serve on our panel because they know that meeting with conversion candidates is almost always one of the most gratifying and inspiring aspects of being a rabbi.

Some of members also serve as sponsoring rabbis. That is, they work closely with individual candidates to ensure that each one is ready, and then they sponsor those candidates to come before our panel.

View our Dayanim

Cooperating Organizations

Operated in cooperation with:

Rabbinical Associations

Congregational Federations


  • American Jewish University’s Community Mikveh

Board of Governors

Rabbi Elliot Dorff
Rabbi Richard Levy

Rabbi Elliot Dorff                          Rabbi Stephen Einstein

Rabbi Lynn Brody Slome

Rabbi Arinna Shelby 

Rabbi Lisa Bock
Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen
Rabbi Corinne Copnick
Rabbi Miriyam Glazer
Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein
Rabbi Sara Goodman
Rabbi Ilana Grinblat
Rabbi Mark Hyman
Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz
Rabbi Warren Levy                        Rabbi Beth Lieberman
Rabbi Janet Madden
Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh
Rabbi Laura Owens
Rabbi Robin Podolsky
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben
Rabbi Eva Robbins
Rabbi Jason Rosner
Rabbi Dan Shevitz
Rabbi Neal Weinberg
Rabbi Dvora Weisberg

Board of Trustees

George Caplan

Anthony Chanin
Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein
David Gottlieb
Elana Jassy
Rachel Kaufman
Mark Lanier
Sarah Moore
Edward Robin

Our Administrators

Rabbi Dan Shevitz
Av Bet Din
(Head Rabbi of the Court)

Rabbi Stephen Einstein
S’gan Av Bet Din
(Associate Head Rabbi of the Court)

Muriel Dance, PhD
Executive Director

Contact Us


Voice: 323-863-5486    

Mailing Address

350 Dalkeith Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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