Dates: Wednesdays 3/1, 3/1, 3/15, & 3/22
Time: 7:30–9 PM
Faculty: Advanced Standing Rabbinical Student Birgit Klein
Location: Beit Midrash
Fee: No charge
In his recently published book, American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Post-ethnic Society, Shaul Magid discusses alternative methods of conversion to become part of the Jewish people. Indeed, the biblical “stranger.” Ruth––who was integrated into the Jewish people and became a famous role model for converts––never formally converted to Judaism. Only rabbinic Judaism developed a conversion ritual that still serves as the outline for today’s conversion to Judaism. Thus, the way in which “strangers” were and are integrated into Judaism and the Jewish Community reflects the criteria of belonging to Judaism and Jewish core values. In this class, we will analyze and discuss these criteria and values, as well as the different pathways of conversion over the centuries since ancient times.