MOMENT MAGAZINE, December 2000 The New Jews of Faith
" Christians in the American Hinterlands are converting to Judaism. And not because they are marrying Jews."
THE JERUSALEM REPORT, December 3, 2001
"The Other Side of Evangelism: A Funny thing often happens on the way to trying to convert Jews to Christianity: The Christians convert to Judaism."
THE JERUSALEM REPORT, December 17, 2001
"Israeli Rabbis convert dozens of 'Inca Jews'."
JEWISH BULLETIN of Northern California, (www.jewishsf.com)
December 14, 2001
"PARTY PAINTS JUDAISM IN MANY COLORS", Chanukah Party draws 200 Jews of Color demonstrating how conversion and adoption is bringing diversity to the religion.
FORWARD, February 22, 2002
"Rabbis convert Ugandan Sect, the Abayudaya, to Judaism"
AMERICA ONLINE: March 29, 2002
''Black Woman Poised to Become Rabbi" Experts say Convert is Poised to Become the Nation's First Back Female Rabbi. Story tells of Alysa Stanton's spiritual journey which ends in her choosing Judaism, by Colleen Slevin.
THE NEW YORK MAGAZINE, March 24, 2002, Section 6
McLaughlin? Is That a Jewish Name? by Russell Shorto p44. ''In Marietta, Ga., the local synagogue is booming, thanks to a Rabbi and radio host and hundreds of new converts he has turned on to torah."
ARTICLES: THE JERUSALEM POST, June 19,2002
Welcoming Converts by Michael Freund Israel and world Jewry need to do more to welcome converts to Judaism into the fold.
THE JERUSALEM REPORT, July 15, 2002
Shabbat with the Wangs: They were once devout Christians but the Chinese couple became pillars of their Orthodox congregation in Manila and plan to settle in Jerusalem.
MOMENT MAGAZINE, August 2002
"' Should Jews Proselytize?'' by Sue Fishkoff, p.56
ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES, August 16, 2002
Jews by Choice," Georgia State student Brad Pilcher works to educate others about Israel." by Robin Miller, p.14-15
Jewish Bulletin of
Northern California, December 20, 2002
"Incoming film fest head anxious to 'wake people up'-Don Adams, a convert to Judaism from South Dakota, will become the new executive director of the San Franscico Film Festival. He describes himself growing up as "a Jewish kid who didn't know he was Jewish."
THE INTERNATIONAL JERUSALEM POST,
January 17, 2003 p.16
Rejuvenating German Jewry: Rabbi Gesa Ederberg, a convert with German ancestry, is intent on restoring Judaism in the country where it was officially presented as public enemy number one. Ederberg, who already serves as the spiritual leader of a congregation in Weiden in southern Germany, is in the process of establishing the first Conservative Lehrhaus (beit midrash) in Berlin.
THE ROCKLAND JEWISH REPORTER, March 31-April 14, 2003,
Volume 12 Number 8
"Esther Tiferes(Hong Zheng), a well-known entertainer, TV personality, investigative reporter, and TV producer in China converted to Orthodox Judaism in December 2001. She spoke on "My Road to Sinai" at the Torah Outreach Project dinner."
THE JEWISH BULLETIN OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, Volume 107,
Number 13, March 28, 2003
''SPANIARDS ARE RECLAIMING THEIR HIDDEN JEWISH HERITAGE'', The Amishav Institute in Jerusalem and The Hebrew Union College are reaching out to the Anousim.
THE JEWISH BULLETIN OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, April 11,
Ex-Lutheran finds his faith, language and singing voice in Judaism. The Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, May issue, 2003,"Novelist takes on Vatican secrecy with new spy thriller." by Dan Pine. Author, Daniel Silva is not afraid of being branded anti-Catholic because he was raised as a Catholic but is a convert to Judaism. Silva has written the third installment of his popular Gabriel Allon series and his sixth novel overall.
THE JEWISH BULLETIN OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, May issue,
"Novelist takes on Vatican secrecy with new spy thriller." by Dan Pine. Author, Daniel Silva is not afraid of being branded anti-Catholic because he was raised as a Catholic but is a convert to Judaism. Silva has written the third installment of his popular Gabriel Allon series and his sixth novel overall.
THE JEWISH STANDARD, May 2, 2003,
"Couple remarry after husband converts." p.8, written by Joanne Palmer. "Sandra Zimmerman Armstrong married Donald Armstrong on the evening of April 5, 2003, 25 years after their first wedding. In October, after 15 years in Ridgewood and at Temple Israel, and The Jewish Community Center here, and soon after their pending move to Hawaii, the groom converted to Judaism."
THE CLARION LEDGER
A Leap of Faith, The Clarion Ledger September 23, 2003 Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn of Temple Bnei Israel in Hattiesburg talks of conversion for the sole purpose of feeling connected to the Religon. " Stephane and Alex White of Viera, Fla were married on October 13, 2002. Alex converted from Catholicism to Judaism in August of 2002.
Spanish Literari for all things Jewish, The Forward "At Madrid's annual weeklong book fair this summer, a growing affection among literate for all things Jewish finally bursts out of the gate. The fascination stems from a yearning to recapture part of Spain's past, part of its identity, said Jon Juarist, director of the Cervantes Institute, a recent convert to Judaism.
THE JEWISH NEWS 8/1/03
MS American p. 58. People are shocked to discover that Nicki Schicler Ziering is Jewish. The dominatrix in American wedding and the cover photo of July's Playboy converted before her 1997 wedding to Ian Ziering. Although they are separated she continues to practice Judaism.
THE JEWISH WEEK August 1, 2003 p8
West Coast to West Side
Shaare Zedek's new Rabbi, a convert from California, taking on a formidable challenge.
ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES October 24, 2003 p32
Naches in the NBA
Hawk's dancer's journey to Judaism is helped by fellow performers.
THE JEWISH WEEK July 4, 03
Viva Vinas Bucking Demographics in Southern Westchester: Spanish speaking Rabbi, a Crypto Jew from Cuba, rebuilds dying Synagague with Spanish speaking converts.
THE JEWISH WEEK July 25, 2003 p5
"A Message for Portugal's Hidden Jews"
Fernando da Costa returns to Lisbon, Portugal as Emanual Ben Abraham after
converting to Judaism in the US. He came from one of the thousands of
Judaic families in Portugal.
first Eskimo soldier, March 16 2004
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2hi/middle_east/3288515.htm Eva Ben Sira and brother Jim adopted by Orthodox Israeli couple and converted in Israel.
June 07, 2004
Temple Isaiah installs Theodore Tsuruoka, a Japanese American convert to Judaism, as spiritual leader.
Times, July 1, 2004
Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn runs successful on line conversion course.
MENASHE-OUR BRETHEN by Col.(res) Moshe Leshem, August 23, 2004
email@example.com Visit to the State of Mizoram in northeastern India shows enthusiasm of Lost Tribe to return to mainstream Judaism.
August 12, 2004
FIRST OF SPANISH HIDDEN JEWS ARRIVES IN ISRAEL
"Yaffa da Costa is a member of a growing number of "anousim", descendents of Spanish Jews from Spain and Portugal who are discovering their ancestors were forced to convert to Judaism."
INTERNATIONAL, Sunday September 5, 2004
CRYPTO JEWS COME OUT OF CLOSET by Assaf Patrick
Jewish Week, feb.13, 2004 p.18
JOINING THE TRIBE by Martha Mendelsohn
Tough times for Jews, maybe, but people are flocking to the fold. JCC in Manhattan holds panel discussion about their decision to convert to Judaism.
NEWS, Dec.23, 03 p.22
GOTTA HAVE IT COLLECTIBLES on W.57th st. was selling 1956 certificate of Marilyn Monroe's conversion to Judaism. The Document is signed by Monroe, her then husband, Arthur Miller, Rabbi Robert Goldburg, and photographer, Milton Green
League for Conservative Judaism magazine, OUTLOOK, Vol.74, Summer 2004
SET IN STONE by Angela Himsel p.14
Path to Judaism is the outcome of a trip to Jerusalem
JOURNAL NEWS, article by Ernie Garrea,
Judaism takes a Latin flavor. Rabbi publishes newspaper for Jews of Hispanic descent. Visit www.centrojudio.org
TRIBUNE, April 26, 2004, story on B'nei Menashe by Geneive Abdo
"A torah goes to India where a lost tribe waits." Retired Lawyer seeks to bring Judaism to Bnei Menashe who believe their ancestors were driven from Israel 2,700 years ago.
The World Union
for Progressive Judaism Temple Beth Shalom of San Juan, thirteen adults were
called to the Torah as Bnei Mitzvah. The group included three married couples
who converted to Judaism.
Small cadre of
Puerto Ricans start journey toward Judaism
www.jta.org/page_bio.asp#Larry Luxner "Crypto Jews come out of
the closet." "A small group of Puerto Ricans has rejected Christianity in
favor of Judaism which they believe is the religion of their ancestors."
Sunday New York Times, May 30, 2004 p15
Weddings/Celebration Anne Douglas converts and remarries actor Kirk Douglas in Jewish ceremony.
''Modern Day Ruths" by Holly Lebowitz Rossi, February 21, 2004 p.13
Article highlights Dru Greenwood. Kathleen Peratis, Rabbi Rachael Cowan, Patricia Lin, all converts and all involved in the Jewish Community.
JEWISH NEWS of Detroit, March 5, 2004 p.41
"Finding her Truth" by Elizabeth Applebaum
Celia Futch-Rogow goes from Methodist Minister to frum wife of Orthodox Jew.
Behind the Headlines by Bill Gladstone
"Beit Din ruling on Jewish genealogy could help many trace their heritage."
Shlach Amee V'yavdonne helps candidates prove they are Jewish under Jewish law thus avoiding conversion.
JEWISH NEWS of Detroit, January 30, 2004 p.34
A Catholic who became a Reform, then a Conservative, and finally an Orthodox Jew.
ATLANTIC JEWISH TIMES, April 23, 2004, p.46
"A Journey of Faith"
Yasmin Malike makes a life altering conversion from the Muslim faith to Judaism.
JEWISH NEWS WEEKLY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, June 4, 2004 p.18
Kansas City Rabbi's request to convert "lost" Sephardic Jews. Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn of Kansas City is on a mission to convert people to Judaism in Spain, the land of the Inquisition where untold numbers have Jewish ancestry.
JEWISH WEEK July 2, 2004, p.62
"Witness to a Conversion "by Erica Schacter Schwartz
Woman who had grown up in Chinese Buddhist household converts to Orthodox Judaism.
ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES Special Issue, October 2004, West Point, Ga. p36
Demise of Temple and intertwining lives of Jewish and Methodist families, and conversion to Judaism which bring the families even closer.
FORWARD October 15, 2004, p.17
"Your Morning Coffee, Served Just and Right"
Owner of Catskill Mountain Coffee of Kingston, N.Y. (www.catskillmtcoffee.com), Emma Missouri, converts back to religion of her ancestors.
America on line, Friday, June 13, 2003
FORMER POLITICAL HAND EMBRACES KID'S CONVERSION
"Katherine Gergen, a recent convert to Judaism and daughter of presidential adviser David Gergen, married Mark Bennet in Falls Village, Conn."
AFTER LONG PATH, FEMALE RABBI INSTALLED IN GERMAN COMMUNITY by Toby Axelrod
"Rabbi Gesa Shira Ederberg is the second female rabbi to serve in Germany and she is a Jew by Choice."
Israel National News, November 29th, 2004
BRAZIL'S ANOUSIM GET A RABBI
"For the first time, an Israeli organization has dispatched a rabbi to northern Brazil to do outreach work among the numerous anousim living in the region.
THE ARMY CAN MAKE YOU JEWISH, IF YOU WILL IT
The army offers conversion courses.
The Cleveland Jewish News by Bill Gladstone
of The Jewish Telegraph
"Shlach Amee V'yavdonnee helps those who are Jewish prove it thru documentation"
THE LONG ROAD HOME by Kobi Ben-Simhon
More than 500 years after their ancestors were forced to convert to Christianity, thousands of descendants of Marranos living in South America are returning to their Jewish roots.
CHABAD.ORG LIBRARY 4/1/2005
How does one convert to Judaism?
HAMODIA MAGAZINE, Shavout issue, June 1,
FROM THE MONASTERY TO MEAH SHEARIM: THE STORY OF AN UNLIKELY CHASSID by Michael Freund
''Aharon Calderon goes from being a monk at a Catholic Monastery in South America to embracing Judaism and becoming a follower of a Chassid Rebbe in Jerusalem."
January 06, 2006
STORY OF A BLACK CONVERT TO BE by Tova Ivrit, fka Tanisha
The Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2005
FROM KAIFENG TO JERUSALEM by Michael Freund
"Slomo and Dina Jin, leave behind Kaifeng and convert in Jerusalem."
AISHA HATORAH, November 21, 2004 by D.Sopher
THE JAPANESE CONVERT TO JUDAISM AFTER BEING A HOLOCAUST HERO.
"Conversion of Setzuso Kotsuji by Rabbi Chaim Shmulevitz in his Jerusalem apartment."
ARUTZ SHEVA 1/7/2005
JEWISH OUTREACH IN PERU
"Shavei Israel sends Israeli Rabbi, Hanoch Avizedeck to Community of Trujillo for a Bet Din."