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A Name Change - A New Journey

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As a rabbi, I’m blessed to be invited to be a part of some of the most meaningful and holy moments of people’s lives.This week, I took part in a number of conversions as part of a Beit Din, (a Jewish ‘court’) a group of three rabbis who serve as witnesses and overseers to the conversions (the other two rabbis were my colleagues and friends Rabbi Michael Singer and Rabbi Leonard Zucker).This week, we supervised the conversion of one of our young congregants, Franki Nasetti.Let me wish a hearty mazal tov to Jon, Eve, and Danielle Nasetti as welcome Franki to the Tribe!
After the children underwent conversion, we sat with two women in their 20’s who wished to convert.As part of a conversion, we ask the conversion candidates to write essays about their journeys to Judaism, how the our tradition and way of life is more appropriate than their previous religion, how they identify to Israel, world Jewry, the local Jewish community, and their synagogue community, and more.Learning about their…