Overview of B'not Ruth
B'not Ruth's conversion course, a program of Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah Study for Women, is under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate's Beit Din for Conversion in Jerusalem and the Beis Din Tzedek of Bnei Brak, by whom we are considered to be one of the finest conversion programs in the country. B'not Ruth is known for attracting serious students and educating them to become committed halacha-observant Jews at the highest caliber. B'not Ruth provides a rigorous learning schedule, personal guidance, an adoptive Israeli family, volunteer opportunities and most importantly, the experience of being part of a spiritual religious community in the heart of the Judean Hills.
Since the beginning of our program in 1996, we have educated students from the USA, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Romania, China (Kaifeng Jews) and India (B’nei Menashe).
At B'not Ruth, conversion candidates are not isolated from the Jewish society in which they seek to integrate. The program takes place on the campus of Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin, where conversion candidates and Jewish students live and learn side by side. In order to facilitate integration into Israeli society, each student gets "adopted" by a family in the community. The families of the community of Bat Ayin, known for their hospitality, open their hearts and homes to our students. Shabbat and holiday celebrations in Bat Ayin play a major part in the conversion process.
The learning program at B'not Ruth includes classes in Jewish thought and belief, beginning halacha (Shabbat, kashrut, blessings, halachot of Eretz Yisrael), Chumash, Prophets, Jewish prayer, holidays, and Jewish history. Students also receive individualized tutoring and mentoring in subjects needed to pass the conversion test.
In addition to the learning program, conversion candidates are carefully supervised and mentored in halacha and Jewish thought by the rabbi of the conversion program, who guides each student personally and meets with her regularly. The director, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum, serves as a powerful female role model. With warmth and care she takes each student under her wing, and it goes without saying that her home is always open to every student.
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.