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An Historical Overview of Outreach and Conversion in Judaism

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Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Robert M. Seltzer

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 66:3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Outreach; Jewish Identification; Conversion

Type: Report

Coverage: World


There have been much more conversion and outreach to Judaism in the past than the conventional picture implies. The lack of interest that has been predominant since the late Middle Ages is only a limited phase in a long history of cycles of isolation and outreach. We may now be entering into a new historic era of outreach.