Conversion: Who Is a Jew and Who Decides

Date: Nov 27, 2017 - Nov 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Hereld Institute for Jewish Studies | JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: New York State

Category: JTS in Your Community


Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School, JTS

Monday, November 27, 8:30 p.m.

Dix Hills Jewish Center
555 Vanderbilt Parkway Dix Hills, NY 


Becoming Jewish has been a complicated process since the days of Ruth, but recently the power dynamics in Israel have further convoluted matters. In this session we will study classical rabbinic texts about the conversion process, contemporary procedures, and the fraught politics of deciding who is a Jew, and who is a rabbi, in our day.

Rabbi Nevins’s lecture will be preceded by a class with a local clergy member from 7:30–8:15 p.m.

CHAI (Cooperative Hebrew Adult Institute) is a multi-synagogue adult education institute held at the Dix Hills Jewish Center in cooperation with the Hereld Institute for Jewish Studies of JTS.

Cost: $36/pp, which includes six weeks of courses and lectures.

Questions? Please contact Gail Jospa at for additional information and to find out how to register.

This program is partially sponsored by the Hereld Institute for Jewish Studies of JTS.