THE INSTITUTE FOR CONVERSION AND OUTREACH EDUCATION
A program of the New Jersey Rabbinical Assembly
in partnership with
the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism,
Mid -Atlantic District
www.introjudaismnj.com  
If You've Ever Wondered. . .An Introductory Course in Judaism
2 0 1 7  -  2 0 1 8  R E G I S T R A T I O N   F O R M 
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Our courses serve a wide variety of individuals, including the needs of potential Jews by Choice and their spouses/significant others, non-Jews raising Jewish children, and born Jews who wish to learn more about their heritage.  In order serve our diverse student population more effectively, it is helpful to know something about the background of those enrolled in the program.  Please briefly describe your reason for taking the course, as well as prior experience with Jewish study (if any).

 
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY AND SIGN AT THE BOTTOM.

Information for those considering conversion

While the Institute for Conversion and Outreach fulfills the basic study component of the conversion process, it doesn’t by itself comprise all of the requirements of a conversion.

Additional requirements include (for men only) brit milah (ritual circumcision) or hatafat dam brit (symbolic equivalent to circumcision for men already circumcised), and (for both men and women) a declaration of commitment to the mitzvot (commandments) of Jewish tradition in the presence of a beit din (rabbinic court), and tevillah (immersion in a mikveh, ritual bath).

Those pursing the conversion process should have a “rabbinic sponsor” who guides them through the conversion process, including these additional requirements above.  Instructors in the ICOE courses do not automatically serve as such sponsors.  If you are looking for a rabbinic sponsor for conversion, the ICOE administrator, Ellen Nesson, can help to link you to a rabbi in your area.

Our program provides a comprehensive study of basic Judaism, but preparation for conversion, and the exact length of the process, varies from sponsor to sponsor and often takes longer than the length of the course.

Attendance at each session is expected as it is vital to the integrity of the overall program. Those who miss any class will be asked to make up the material through work to be assigned by the instructor. Except in highly extenuating circumstances as determined by the instructor, those who are absent more than four times will not receive "Certificates of Completion.”

We strongly encourage couples to take this course together.  Some rabbinic sponsors may require the attendance of spouses or significant others of conversion candidates.

A tuition check for the full amount of $ 595 for an individual, or $695 for a couple, made payable to the NJRA (New Jersey Rabbinical Assembly), must be sent to the address below for your registration to be complete. Please write "ICOE” in the memo area of the check.  Tuition covers the expense of all instruction and study materials. Extracurricular activities and events offered through the program may carry additional costs.  Tuition is non-refundable once classes are in session.

[We are in the process of adding an online payment option. Until this is completed, all payments should be made by check.]

Questions of a general nature and financial arrangements about the course can be directed to Ellen Nesson , Program Administrator at (973) 214 4553  or ellen.nesson@gmail.com. If questions pertain to a specific site, Ellen will refer you to the instructor at that site.

Your registration is not complete until a check is received at the following address:

The Institute for Conversion and Outreach Education (ICOE)
Ellen Nesson, Program Coordinator
11 Sunderland Drive
Morristown, New Jersey 07960  

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