MARAM - the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis has a permanent Beit Din for conversion and personal status issues. For further information, please contact one of the Movements many local congregational rabbis or the head of the Beit Din, Rabbi Yehoram Mazor: 09-7440177. For clarification on the legal status of our conversions, please contact the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC): 02-6256261.
Candidates for conversion are interviewed by one of the rabbis of the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis. If the rabbi is convinced that the candidates intention to convert is genuine, the rabbi recommends the start of the candidate's conversion process to the Beit Din for Conversion. The Beit Din for Conversion, consisting of three rabbis, will then interview the candidate. Upon verifying the candidate's serious intention, they will then refer him/her to a teacher or Movement rabbi for the purpose of guiding him/her in study.
Conversion, according to the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, entails extended study including familiarity with the varied Jewish sources, Jewish law, tradition, and the commandments. The regular period of study is one year, largely depending on the amount of time the candidate can dedicate to his/her studies and the candidate's previous knowledge (e.g. One's residence in Israel for an extended period of time may indicate a more extensive knowledge of Jewish belief and culture). The studies, as much as possible, take place in the language most comfortable for the candidate.
This year of study is intended to grant the candidate the full experience of the Jewish yearly cycle, allowing him/her to regularly participate in the prayer services of the synagogue and the rituals done at home. During this period, different topics are studied, including (but not limited to): the Jewish yearly cycle, the Jewish life cycle, prayer and customs of the synagogue, Jewish history, the world of Jewish thought, and the difference between Judaism and other faiths.
After completing his/her studies, the candidate must again meet with the Beit Din for a test. Upon passing the test, the formal processes of conversion are carried out.
The ceremony includes circumcision, ritual immersion, and receiving the commandments according to the Progressive Jewish way of life. A converts decision to receive and take upon the obligation to fulfill the commandments is a personal choice and rests on the following:
Upon completion of the conversion process, the Beit Din grants the candidate a conversion certificate signed by the three members of the Beit Din. This certificate is recognized by all congregations and rabbis of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the Reform movement throughout the world, and additionally by most non-Orthodox rabbis throughout the world.