Why Do People Convert to Judaism?

An increasing number of people are converting to Judaism, and for reasons other than marriage, according to a Tablet survey of American rabbis. Since most surveys of American Jews overlook converts - the latest Pew Research Center survey is no exception - in March and April we posed questions about the state of Jewish conversion to over 100 rabbis, from all denominations of Judaism, and received answers from 79. Thirty-four of them, or 43%, indicated they were doing more conversions today than earlier in their careers. And these numbers are conservative. For example, some rabbis said they had seen huge bumps they were certain were related to COVID-19; in those cases, we grouped them among the 34 who said conversion had remained steady.
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