Interior Sanctuary

A 21st Century Path to Judaism

Wilshire Boulevard Temple welcomes individuals who choose a deeper connection to Judaism through conversion and offers several pathways.

Why don't more people choose Judaism? One reason is that we make it too difficult.

Becoming a Jew often involves a year-long drawn out course of study. It’s a commitment fewer people are able to make in our busy 21st Century lives. When I am asked, “Rabbi, why does it take a year?” the truth is that I have never had a good answer and have always felt there must be a better way.

Finally, there is.

Choosing Judaism is a free, innovative program leading to conversion that was introduced with great success in the Spring of 2018. Inspired by the personal journeys of people choosing to become Jews and determined find a way to align the conversion process with busy 21st Century lives, Rabbi Shapiro with Wilshire Boulevard Temple clergy developed Choosing Judaism, an 8-Week Immersive Journey to Becoming a Jew.

The first  session demonstrated a rigorous program that intensifies learning, meaning, and engagement as we welcome participants into the family of Jewish people.

Rabbi Beau Shapiro

I’m always inspired when I accompany someone to the mikveh who is choosing to become a Jew. It’s always different but always beautiful. Each time I watch someone becoming a Jew, I wonder why more people who have shown interest don’t do the same.   - Rabbi Shapiro

Here is what some members of the first group had to say...

I decided to participate in Wilshire Boulevard’s choosing Judaism program because I loved Rabbi Shapiro’s welcoming, inclusive approach to Judaism. Likewise, the program not only taught us the foundations of Judaism, but allowed us to enjoy a taste of the Jewish life. The program will enable you to determine whether this path is for you. Either way, everyone at Wilshire Boulevard Temple will honor your choice. I loved the course and thank everyone to Wilshire Boulevard Temple for opening the door to my new life as a Jew. - Robert Phelps

I gained so much from our classes, group discussions, and retreat weekend... I have always felt a part of the community at Wilshire so it really took me by surprise. I feel home in a way I have never felt before. Thank you Wilshire Boulevard Temple and especially Rabbi Beau Shapiro for providing such a warm and welcoming conversion program.  You are forever in my heart. - Maggie Maier

The amount of care, passion, and support Rabbi Shapiro and Temple staff put into Choosing Judaism is amazing. I’m so excited to join the community, as everyone I’ve met has welcomed me with open arms. And where I’m from, hospitality and kindness feel like home. - Jennifer Winberg Cartwright

The Next 8-Week Program Begins April 12, 2019

For more information, please contact Denise Magilnick or call (424) 208-8930

October 18 & 19, 2019

Friday, October 18, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. & Saturday, October 19, all day...
Kickoff Shabbat 

October 22, 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekly learning session

October 29, 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekly learning session

November 5, 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekly learning session

November 12, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m. - 9p.m.
Weekly learning session

November 19, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekly learning session

November 26, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekly learning session 

December 6 - December 9, 2019

Friday, December 6 , 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Concluding Weekend at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Saturday, December 7, All day
Concluding Weekend at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Sunday, December 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Concluding Weekend at Wilshire Boulevard Temple