Becoming Jewish

Becoming Jewish

The Challenges, Rewards, and Paths to Conversion

By Steven Carr Reuben; Jennifer S. Hanin; Bob Saget (Foreword by)

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Hardcover, 9781442208483, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2011

Becoming Jewish is the first all-inclusive, step-by-step guide to converting to Judaism. Steven Carr Reuben, a highly respected rabbi, and Jennifer S. Hanin, a convert to the faith, lead readers through the conversion process, providing the right mix of advice, resources and humor for the journey. Jews-to-be often find the steps to Judaism foreign, complex, and mysterious. From learning an ancient language, to entering the mikvah (ritual bath), to choosing a Hebrew name, to circumcision, to appearing before a bet din (Jewish court), becoming a Jew is anything but quick and easy. In this engaging and accessible guide, Reuben and Hanin offer practical wisdom for every step of conversion, including: .telling family and friends .selecting a denomination .choosing a rabbi .understanding Jewish rituals .celebrating Jewish holidays .putting aside childhood holidays .keeping ties to the past .advice on weddings, raising kids, and more Throughout, the authors focus on developing a healthy spiritual life, while helping readers understand what it means to be Jewish, absorb Jewish teachings, and live a Jewish life.

About the Author
STEVEN CARR REUBEN was ordained as a rabbi in 1976. He is the author of numerous books, including But How Will You Raise the Children? - A Guide to Interfaith Marriage, Raising Jewish Children in a Contemporary World, Making Interfaith Marriage Work, Raising Ethical Children, and Children of Character - Leading Your Children to Ethical Choices in Everyday Life. In addition, he contributes to a wide variety of publications as an author and composer. He serves as Senior Rabbi of Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation in Pacific Palisades and is past president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

Jennifer S. Hanin, MA, is a freelance journalist and the mother of twin girls conceived through in vitro fertilization.

Bob Saget is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, producer, and television host who has been performing for more than thirty years. He lives in Los Angeles, California.