The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din
בית הדין הקהילתי בקליפורניה הדרומית
ע"ש שושנה קפלן
The Pluralistic Entryway for Conversion to Judaism
Canterbury Dr, Suite 202
Voice: 323-863-5486 Fax: 323-417-5027
We welcome candidates for conversion to apply regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, or marital status.
Rabbi Elliot Dorff
Rabbi Richard Levy
Founders & Chairs
Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein
Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman
Rabbi Amy Bernstein
Rabbi Adam Greenwald
Rabbi Mark Hyman
Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz
Rabbi Sabine Meyer
Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh
Rabbi Arinna Shelby
Rabbi Lynn Brody Slome
Operated in cooperation with the Pacific Southwest region of the Rabbinical Assembly, the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, the Southern California Region of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, the Musmachim of the Academy for Jewish Religion, the regional office of the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement, the West District of the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Pacific Southwest region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
The Sandra Caplan* Community Bet Din was founded in 2002 on the premise that conversion to Judaism can and ought to be an experience that transcends denominations, adhering to firm standards, directed by a professional rabbinate that guides and welcomes conversion candidates with sensitivity and gentleness. Rabbis from the Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform movements, as well as transdenominational rabbis, have agreed on standards and procedures; this assures that converts will be welcomed by the great majority of the Jewish community. Our pluralistic, permanent sitting court is virtually unprecedented.
* Sandra Caplan was a convert to Judaism and led an exemplary Jewish life. Her premature death was widely mourned. The work of this Bet Din honors her memory.
Rabbi Dan Shevitz
Av Bet Din
(Head Rabbi of the Court)
S’gan Av Bet Din
Head Rabbi of the Court )
Rabbi David E. S. Stein
Participating rabbis who have been certified to bring candidates to us.
Candidates for conversion to Judaism through this Bet Din must prepare with a Bet Din member, who will serve as their Sponsoring Rabbi. Candidates may study privately or complete a course of study (Introduction to Judaism) with one of the endorsed programs below. The following courses can satisfy the basic educational requirements of the Community Bet Din:
• Introduction to Judaism courses, sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism, the association of North American Reform synagogues.
• Introduction to Judaism classes by the Judaism by Choice program (trans-denominational). judaismbychoice.org or phone: 888-Jew-bychoice (888-539-2924)
The Bet Din is in regular session on the second Wednesday and the fourth Thursday of the month, from 1 to 4:15 pm, at the American Jewish University in Bel Air. Special sessions can also be arranged. Your sponsoring rabbi will schedule your appointment.
Download application and declaration forms: Applications revised 12-5-13
• Declaration of Jewish Commitment (large-print practice version)
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