LGBT People Explore Converting to Judaism

Beth Chayim Chadashim, Los Angeles’ first LGBT congregation, identified the raised interest of LGBT people in conversion, and as of this week, has begun offering sessions on conversion.

Coming from the world of entertainment Journalism, I recently heard that popular American singer Arianna Grande declared that she’s “no longer a Christian” and now thinks of converting to Judaism after her homosexual brother was shunned by the Catholic Church. Several years ago, when I interviewed Elizabeth Banks, she told me that she converted to Judaism because she loved the way Reform Judaism treats women, and that the real meaning of Rabbi is a teacher.

But it’s not only celebrities who raise interest in Judaism. Many people, including LGBT people, are going through conversion to Judaism every year or consider conversion, and all of the studies to date show that converts to Judaism make steadfast and loyal members of the community.

Beth Chayim Chadashim, Los Angeles’ first LGBT congregation, identified the raised interest of LGBT people in conversion, and as of this week, has begun offering sessions on conversion. These classes offer insights into many questions that one may have if exploring conversion, or if one has recently embraced the covenant. “We reached a tipping point,” says Rabbi Heather Miller, who leads the sessions, “We had a large number of people we were advising on the road to conversion, and we realized it would be great to get everyone together to meet and form a community of exploration into Jewish life.”

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