For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.
This week on Unorthodox: bagel etiquette, Bethany Mandel on her Convert Bill of Rights, and writer Rand Cooper’s ‘Jewdar’ query
How a Christmas tree came between my neighbor and me
The actress, folk singer, and new mom reportedly converted for her husband
It’s must-see Israeli TV
The former Jefferson Airplane guitarist and Hot Tuna lead man comes home to his mother’s faith at his Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio
Converting to Judaism didn’t only change how I felt spiritually. It changed how I felt about my body.
The third season of Netflix’s hit series takes on kosher food and conversion
‘I performed Jewish. I lived Jewish. And nobody owns the right to tell me if I am Jewish or not.’
The former porn star is cooking up a kosher storm for her Israeli fiancé
My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?
A convert to Judaism reflects on the Jewish woman who embraced her, and honors her with a holiday recipe
During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful
How an adopted ritual helped one convert make peace with her unruly mane
I’ve spent years trying to find a costume, from Kurt Cobain to my own cat, that reflects a hidden side of my personality
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study is NSFW
Plus legitimate and bastard offspring, slaves, and distinctions between Jews, non-Jews, and half-Jews
Talmudic Rabbis regulated not just actions but reputations, and left a legacy we debate and refute to this day
For a convert to Judaism, the Days of Awe mark a renewed commitment—this year more than ever
The actress, whose father was Jewish, has been raising her children Jewish
I said I’d convert to placate my boyfriend. But his family would never disregard the fact that I was Korean.
Karl Stern, Canadian psychiatrist and writer, was in his day a famous Catholic convert. Why has he been forgotten?
Pledges of Allegiance, by David Ellenson and Daniel Gordis
Research shows Archbishop of New York’s mother was born Jewish, converted
A genetic test for Tay-Sachs revealed surprising results—and helped my husband and me discover what Judaism means to us
As a black classical singer, I avoided singing negro spirituals—until Yiddish music helped me hear them in a new way as a Jew
Since both my parents were converts to Judaism, my family didn’t have any Jewish recipes to pass down. So I created my own.
French dancer Benjamin Millepied says he feels very connected to Israel
For one convert to Judaism, that’s the question of the season
When I was a child, my family’s history was hidden from me. Now I’ve made sure that my own child will always know where she came from.