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For Jewish Converts, It’s Never Too Late for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.

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Codes of Conduct

This week on Unorthodox: bagel etiquette, Bethany Mandel on her Convert Bill of Rights, and writer Rand Cooper’s ‘Jewdar’ query

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Being Jew-ish

How a Christmas tree came between my neighbor and me

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Indie Darling Zooey Deschanel Converts to Judaism

The actress, folk singer, and new mom reportedly converted for her husband

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Jorma Kaukonen Finds Somebody To Love

The former Jefferson Airplane guitarist and Hot Tuna lead man comes home to his mother’s faith at his Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio

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Baring Myself in the Mikveh

Converting to Judaism didn’t only change how I felt spiritually. It changed how I felt about my body.

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Hava Nagila! Jewish Themes Abound in ‘Orange Is the New Black’

The third season of Netflix’s hit series takes on kosher food and conversion

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Am I Like Rachel Dolezal?

‘I performed Jewish. I lived Jewish. And nobody owns the right to tell me if I am Jewish or not.’

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Jenna Jameson is So Jewish Right Now

The former porn star is cooking up a kosher storm for her Israeli fiancé

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Fighting Facebook’s Armchair Rabbis

My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?

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Why Shavuot Is Jewish Mother-in-Law’s Day

A convert to Judaism reflects on the Jewish woman who embraced her, and honors her with a holiday recipe

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Guarding the Dead

During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful

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Covering My Black, Jewish Hair

How an adopted ritual helped one convert make peace with her unruly mane

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The Transgressive Spirit of Purim

I’ve spent years trying to find a costume, from Kurt Cobain to my own cat, that reflects a hidden side of my personality

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Can a Woman Rape a Man, as Shia LaBoeuf Claimed? The Rabbis Have a Say.

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study is NSFW

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Talmudic Rabbis Ponder Sexual Relations That Are Prohibited by Jewish Law

Plus legitimate and bastard offspring, slaves, and distinctions between Jews, non-Jews, and half-Jews

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Converting for Love (Like Natalie Portman’s Husband)? The Talmud Forbids It.

Talmudic Rabbis regulated not just actions but reputations, and left a legacy we debate and refute to this day

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A Jew by Rosh Hashanah

For a convert to Judaism, the Days of Awe mark a renewed commitment—this year more than ever

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Gwyneth Paltrow Reportedly Converting to Judaism

The actress, whose father was Jewish, has been raising her children Jewish

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Romance Bloomed for a Jew and an Asian American, Until Tribalism Trumped Love

I said I’d convert to placate my boyfriend. But his family would never disregard the fact that I was Korean.

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The Freudian Became a Catholic

Karl Stern, Canadian psychiatrist and writer, was in his day a famous Catholic convert. Why has he been forgotten?

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Rabbi Wolpe’s Picks: Considering Conversion

Pledges of Allegiance, by David Ellenson and Daniel Gordis

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Ed Koch Pal Cardinal O’Connor Actually Jewish

Research shows Archbishop of New York’s mother was born Jewish, converted

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Testing Positive for Judaism: Unlocking a Family’s Genetic Secret

A genetic test for Tay-Sachs revealed surprising results—and helped my husband and me discover what Judaism means to us

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‘Go Down, Moses’: Engaging With My Complex Musical Heritage at Passover

As a black classical singer, I avoided singing negro spirituals—until Yiddish music helped me hear them in a new way as a Jew

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How Froot Loops Helped Me Create a Culinary Connection to the Jewish World

Since both my parents were converts to Judaism, my family didn’t have any Jewish recipes to pass down. So I created my own.

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Natalie Portman’s Husband Converting to Judaism

French dancer Benjamin Millepied says he feels very connected to Israel

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Can a Jew Love Christmas Music?

For one convert to Judaism, that’s the question of the season

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How Christmas Helped Me Discover—and Eventually Reclaim—My Jewish Roots

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.

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