We are excited to culminate your conversion process at Temple Emanu-El, or at your home congregations to be discussed with your hometown clergy. For those outside New York who are currently unaffiliated, we can help match you with a local synagogue. Living Jewishly is an integral part of the conversion process. We encourage you to immerse yourself in Jewish life by attending Shabbat services, participating in our vibrant community events and engaging with our various social justice initiatives. We encourage all of our students to embrace the path of Jewish learning and living anywhere that gives you meaning.   Requirements:
  1. Attendance at/viewing of all Yesod sessions. If you missed any, you can watch them here.
  2. Submission of intake form by April 1, 2024. Registration is only open to students who are participating in Yesod Year I.
  3. Individual intake meetings via Zoom with Cantor Nancy Bach to discuss your decision to convert and what it entails and review your personal circumstances.
  4. Each student will select a conversion project focusing on a topic for deep study. Examples include Shabbat, genealogy, Halacha (Jewish law), Israel and Jewish history. 
  5. Attend individual 45-minute monthly sessions, held virtually, to check in and monitor your progress. Sessions start the week of October 14, during morning office hours Fridays 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM or by appointment.
  6. Preparation for individual Beit Din (rabbinical court) and your individual time in the Mikveh (ritual bath) . 
  7. Visit to the Mikvah (NYC area). 
  8. Celebrate!
Office Hours/Support:  Cantor Bach is available via email at

Individual intake virtual office hours:
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM on:
April 15, 16, 17, 18, 29, 30
May 1 and 2

Monthly office hours will provide students with support through 15 or 30-minute check-ins from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, by appointment, on:
October 9, 2024
November 13, 2024
December 11, 2024
January 8, 2025
February 12, 2025
March 12, 2025
April 9, 2025
May 14, 2025

Fee: $1000
Includes classes, tutoring, Beit Din and visit to the Mikvah (in NYC).

Participation in Yesod Year I required.