Do converts to Judaism with some Jewish background feel less discrimination?
Do converts to Judaism with some Jewish background feel less discrimination? Do converts to Judaism with some Jewish ancestry experience less discrimination? Answer: Thank you for your letter. You write that you are interested in conversion to Judaism, but that you are concerned about the acceptance of converts in the Jewish community. You also wonder whether your Jewish ancestry would ease your acceptance in the Jewish community, and if a Reform community might be more accepting. It would be futile for me to deny that there are Jewish individuals and communities that are less than fully welcoming to converts. As you point out, however, Jewish tradition and law demand that converts be treated with the same honor and respect as those born Jewish. There should be no “second class citizens” within the community of the Jewish people. The Reform Movement has taken great strides in its outreach programs over the past decades and this has heightened the sensitivity of almost every Reform cong