Preparing Sincere Women for Orthodox Jewish Conversion
“I learned that I didn’t have to leave behind my art in order to be Jewish . . . . Hashem gave me these unique talents to make a tikkun in the world.”
“You can feel the presence of G-d in these hills. I never felt this in Jerusalem, except at the Kotel.”
“I took away from the classes so much more than Torah and halacha . . . I learned what it truly means to be an Eshet Chayil.”
“I thought being in Jerusalem, the holy city, would be more conducive to growing spiritually. But, living here, with the Jewish students and in a totally observant community, I was really able to absorb so much about correct Jewish practices and belief even in my everyday life outside of the classroom.”
“I’ve seen quite a bit of life already, so I wasn’t too keen on living in a dorm setting. But now, I feel truly privileged to have been a part of this wonderful community of women.”
“The rabbi and staff are so caring . . . I had to work hard to get through the conversion process, but I knew I always had their support, whether I needed help understanding a letter from Misrad Hapnim or a shoulder to cry on. They were always there for me.”
Orthodox Conversion Program in Israel
Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin’s Orthodox Jewish conversion course offers full time learning schedule, personal guidance, an adoptive family, volunteer opportunities and most important the experience of being part of a spiritual religious community in the heart of the Judean Hills. The program is under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate’s Beit Din for conversion in Jerusalem, by whom we are considered to be one of the finest conversion programs in the country. Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin is known for attracting serious students, and educating them to become committed halacha observant Jews at the highest caliber.
Since the beginning of our program in 1996 we have educated students from USA, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Romania, China (Kaifeng Jews), India (B’nei Menashe), Finland, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, France, and South Africa.
What Does the Program Include?
Conversion students enroll in our regular learning program together with Jewish students both the newly observant and those from orthodox families. Each conversion candidate receives additional tutoring and mentoring and meets separately with Rabbi Yosef Benarroch (also Rabbi of Eishel Sephardi seminary in the Old City of Jerusalem), who will guide her in the conversion process and determine any special needs to prepare her for her conversion at the Beit Din.
Classes include Jewish philosophy (emuna), beginning halacha (Jewish law), Tanach (Bible studies), tefilah (prayer) and Hebrew learning skills. In addition our program includes Jewish mysticism (chassidut), Women in Judaism, herbology, art, music, agriculture and meditative movement (The Jewish answer to Yoga). The program may be adapted to the needs and background of each student.
What are the Requirements to Enroll?
In order to enroll in the conversion course the student needs to have had intensive contact with a Jewish community for one year. The conversion candidate needs several letters of recommendation from Rabbis and others affirming her prior involvement with a Jewish community. Among the letters of recommendation, at least two letters must be from orthodox rabbis who can testify to the sincerity of the student’s commitment to Judaism. With these letters the conversion candidate will hopefully be able to open a conversion file with the Chief Rabbinate of conversion in Jerusalem and obtain a conversion visa.
What is the Aim of the Program?
With Hashem’s help the conversion course offered at Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin will enable serious conversion candidates to go through an Orthodox conversion process recognized by the strictest authorities in Israel. Our program allows women to be part of a serious Torah environment and study in a natural and enjoyable learning atmosphere. With Hashem’s help they will be guided in the ways of Jewish life all the way to the Mikveh and beyond.
Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin will provide guidance and instructions to prepare the student for conversion. We cannot guarantee actual conversion after completion of the one-year course. Conversion depends on the student’s suitability according to our recommendation and the Rabbinical Court’s final decision.
B’not Ruth – Preparing Sincere Women for Orthodox Jewish Conversion in Israel
A Program of Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah Study for Women on the Land of Israel
Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin | The Village of Bat Ayin | P.O Box 84 | Gush Etzion 90913 | ISRAEL
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