Hello! I had a question (or rather a series of questions stemming from one). I'm not sure if it has been asked but...anyway.
When is it advisable to talk to a rabbi about conversion? I've been attending a rather large Reform temple for about a month and half now (after about 7 years interest in Judaism). I've briefly met one of the associate rabbis after service and I shook the senior rabbis' hand last week (there are three rabbis in total). I still live with my parents (devout Christians) and I haven't told them of my interest in converting (though I plan on moving out soon). I also may be moving to a completely new city soon.
So...should I wait until I move out? Should I wait until I know where I'll be living? Is there a certain amount of knowledge that should be taken into the meeting?
Sorry for the excessive amount of questions. I just don't want to talk to a rabbi too soon or waste time by meeting later than I should have.
Thank you and Shabbat Shalom y'all!
Last Edit: Jun 7, 2013 17:08:16 GMT -5 by skyeryder
Perhaps you could wait to talk to a rabbi about conversion until you have moved and are in a new congregation. Usually there are classes that start in September at the synagogue and you could get involved in one of those. I don't think you would be expected to know a lot about Judaism when you are just starting out!
In the meantime, keep attending the synagogue where you live and get to know some of the congregants. They usually love to talk to someone who is interested in converting. Also, keep up with your reading. There are so many books on Judaism.
Please don't apologize about asking questions! Keep asking! That is the whole point of this forum.
I think talking about conversion with the rabbi is fine but I would wait to do the conversion until you've either moved out or your parents are okay with you not believing in the J-man anymore.
You can talk to a rabbi anytime, and in fact you might be well-advised to do so, but I wouldn't recommend actually starting 'the conversion process' until you are on your own and making your own decisions - and have the time.
Choosing a rabbi to work with - even finding a rabbi that works with potential converts - can take some time and effort. Not all rabbis are interested in conversion studies.