The Case for Proactive Conversion


Publication Date: September 1999

Publisher: Sh'ma, Inc.

Author(s): Gary A. Tobin

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Conversion; Jewish Identification; Intermarriage

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author argues for encouraging certain groups of non-Jews to convert to Judaism in order to revitalize the Jewish community. He suggests reaching beyond non-Jewish spouses of Jews to encourage conversion in other groups, specifically individuals of Jewish heritage (i.e. those with Jewish fathers or grandparents) and non-Jews seeking religious fulfillment or community. A proactive conversion strategy requires rabbis to be welcoming and supportive rather than discouraging.

In Sh'ma: a Journal of Jewish Responsibility, vol.30, no.565 (October 1999).