Ulpan L’Giyur

The RCA Ulpan L’Giyur is an English language Conversion Preparation Course in Jerusalem, Israel.  It is under the auspices of the Rabbinical Council of America in partnership with Shavei Israel. Students in the course spend a year studying Judaism, learning about Jewish practices and experiencing the complete cycle of the Jewish calendar.  Each student is assisted in finding a mentor family who will help them experience the Jewish Sabbath and holidays. The course is an approved course of the National Conversion Authority.  Upon completion of the course, the graduate will have met the educational requirements for conversion.  The Director will accompany the graduate to the Jerusalem Beit Din (rabbinical court) under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate to assess their readiness to undergo an official conversion.  Acceptance for conversion at that meeting will be contingent on the graduate’s commitment to living a full Jewish life in accordance with what they have learnt in the course.  While completion of the course is a requirement for conversion it needs to be accompanied by personal observance by the graduate. The Director of the Course will accompany each candidate for their meeting with the Beit Din and will assist with all aspects of the preparation for conversion.

THE STUDIES

Classes will take place in Jerusalem twice a week for 4 hours each night.   The course is 400 hours and lasts about one year. Topics to be covered include Halacha (Jewish law) and tradition, Jewish history, ethics, Jewish beliefs and Jewish thought.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The course is open to both men and women.  If the person seeking conversion is married, their husband or wife are required to attend the course with them.  Or if the person seeking conversion is in a committed relationship, their partner is required to attend the course with them as well. The following are the admission requirements:
  • Being an Israeli citizen or
  • Having been accepted by the special committee of the Interior Ministry.  We will assist in that process.   The following people can hope to be accepted, though the decision is not ours:
  • Being eligible to be an Israeli citizen with previous connection to Jewish communities
  • Previous study with a conversion program outside of Israel.
If you are at all unsure, please call and we will be happy to help.

CONTACT US

We are here to help.  For more information, please contact the Director, Rabbi Reuven Tradburks at rtradburks@gmail.com or the office of Shavei Israel, office@shavei.org or 02-625-6230