Choosing Judaism

The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas offers a community-wide course, “Judaism for Conversion Candidates” beginning in late August. The year-long course will be taught on a rotating basis by rabbis from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements and is intended to acquaint those considering conversion to Judaism with what it means to live Jewishly.  Each student will be required to secure a congregational rabbinic sponsor by November 1 and meet the conversion requirements developed by their rabbinic sponsor.   

The class provides a comfortable forum for students to learn about Jewish holidays, home celebrations, life-cycle observances, rituals and Jewish prayer, Torah, Judaism’s view of God, and about our religion’s movements.  Each class will include a 30-minute Hebrew component.  Participants will combine Jewish learning with Jewish “doing” as they become part of a shared community and create Jewish memories by taking part in a Shabbat and Havdalah experience.  They will also participate in holiday celebrations and observances. This course allows future Jews-by-choice the opportunity to meet one another and to learn not only about Judaism but also about the Kansas City Jewish community.   

For additional information or to register for this course, visit or contact Annette Fish, Rabbinical Association Administrator/Program Director, by email at or 913-327-4622.