Choosing & Affirming a Jewish Life

Our world offers a dizzying array of options for constructing identity and making meaning. In this context, all Jews are Jews by choice. Whether choosing Judaism for the first time, or returning or affirming this path for yourself, the choice to live a Jewish life calls for ritual and communal celebration.

A Ritual for Returning to Judaism

By Rabbi Michael Ragozin
A ritual for someone who has either left Judaism for another religion and returned, or is returning to Jewish life and practice after a time of absence.   more
Complete Ceremony

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Talmud Berachot 17a

By Lawrence Kushner, Translator
"May your eyes sparkle with the light of Torah and your ears hear the music of its words" — a prayer for our children based on a talmudic passage   more
Reading

Lechi Lach

Lyrics by Debbie Friedman, z"l & Savina Teubal (based on Genesis 12:1-2)
"Lechi lach to a place that I will show you/Lech lecha to a land you do not know…" —song by Debbie Friedman, z"l based on God's words to Abraham to seek his destiny.   more
Song

Sheheheyanu

By Ruth F. Brin, z”l
A modern version in English of the traditional prayer for giving thanks   more
Prayer

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