(Photo © 2001 Janice Rubin, The Mikvah Project)

It’s not easy to convert to Judaism. Typically, the process involves up to a year of study with a rabbi, culminating in an appearance before a beit din, or rabbinic court, and, finally, immersion in the mikveh, or ritual bath.

The writer C.A. Blomquist has wanted to convert to Judaism for most of her life, but, as she wrote about on Tablet last week, it took some major mid-life changes for her to realize the step was possible. Finally, in her early fifties and after two years of study, she was ready to take the last step. Vox Tablet followed her to the mikveh. Here is her story.

This is the second in a three-part series by C.A. Blomquist on her conversion. The first installment was “Taking the Plunge.”