Considering Conversion

Whether you have been considering conversion for years or are just dipping your toe in, come learn with us.

Mishkan’s Conversion Cohort is led by Mishkan Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh and veteran conversion educator Rabbi Allison Tick Brill, with guest appearances from Rabbis Lizzi and Lauren and other movers and shakers in the Chicago Jewish scene.

This is a class for people on the path toward Judaism, with no commitment to convert. We’ll dive deep into our learning including topics on: Shabbat, Torah, Jewish history, holidays, lifecycles, Jewish values,

Participants commit to:

  • Learning with curiosity and open mindedness.

  • Sharing space, opinions, beliefs, and questions.

  • Respecting others’ perspectives, boundaries, and beliefs.

  • Acting kindly, creating physical and emotional safety.

  • Being generous and giving the benefit of the doubt, as everyone is coming with different levels of familiarity, comfort, and context to this Jewish space.

Meet Our Educators:

Rabbi Ally Tick Brill has been leading Mishkan’s conversion program for the past two years. She was a congregational rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, one of the country’s largest Reform congregations, and is a trained hospital chaplain. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Rabbi Ally lives in Old Town with her husband David and their son, Melvin.
Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh is Mishkan’s Jewish Emergent Network Fellow and was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 2018, with a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education with a focus in Israel Education with the iCenter, as well as a certificate in Jewish Nonprofit Management. Read more about R’Jeff.

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Interested? Get in touch for information on our next cohort! 

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