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“And God said to Abram, ‘Go and leave your land, the place of your birth, your father’s house, and go to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great a nation, and I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.”  (Genesis 12:1)

   Abram and Sarai, considered the very first Jews, did not grow up Jewish; rather they were called to a new way of walking in the world. They were blessed through their journey and transformation. They even received new, Hebrew names- Abraham and Sarah. The reality is that they were the first converts to Judaism, the first Jews-by-Choice.

   Abraham and Sarah didn’t receive much instruction on how to be Jewish. They had to figure out what they could for themselves, which included some key values that are still essential to Judaism today, such as hachnasat orchim-- welcoming and kindness to the stranger, the foreigner, anyone who is weary or in need of help. Much of the rest of Judaism—sacred and daily rituals, civil law, holy days, cultural identities and more, was figured out by their children and their children’s children. We Jews of today are still figuring out what it means to live holy and meaningful lives in 2018, and we are fortunate to have inherited the inextinguishable longing for meaning and community that was first ignited by Abraham and Sarah.

   As you begin your journey of exploring Judaism, we hope that you will do so with us at The Center for Conversion to Judaism. The Jewish people are a family of seekers from all nationalities, ethnicities and languages, gender identities, political affiliations, educational backgrounds, professions, and passions. Like Abraham and Sarah, perhaps you are hearing a calling, from without or within. We look forward to learning and being in community with you.


Rabbi Mullin and Rabbi Sebert

Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyyar 5779