At Shavuot Jews by Choice Update 3,000 Years of Tradition with Sim Shalom Online Conversion

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Online conversions provide many with access to the Jewish faith.

Follow in the footsteps of Ruth

Sim Shalom conversion students meet online monthly for gathering and "Ask the Rabbi" sessions.

On May 30th, several Sim Shalom Jews by Choice will celebrate Shavuot as the "newest" members of the tribe. Their conversion takes on special meaning for the Shavuot holiday which commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mt Sinai and rebirth. Drawn to Judaism for a variety of reasons the new faithful worked with Sim Shalom virtual Synagogue online conversion to fulfill their spiritual quest. Like Ruth, the Book of Ruth is read on Shavuot, they too chose to become a Jew, albeit their journey was simplified with cutting edge technology over the internet.

These Sim Shalom students did not know each other before meeting online through the monthly video conference gatherings or "Ask the Rabbi" sessions. They hail from different corners of the United States and Europe. Their independent study included immersion in Jewish prayer, holidays, rituals, and celebratory ceremony before an online Bet Din, all guided virtually by Sim Shalom's Founder Rabbi Steven Blane.

The required Mikvah or ritual immersion is one step of the process that cannot be done through cyber space. Conversion students are asked to visit synagogues of varying denominations in order to explore Jewish worship to its fullest and reflect on how they see themselves as future Jews. Sim Shalom's program does not require circumcision.

About Sim Shalom

Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy.  Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected.  Rabbi Blane leads accessible and short Shabbat services every Friday night using a virtual interface and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, conversion and life-cycle ceremonies along with weeknight services at 7:00PM EST led by Rabbis and students of this online community.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute,, the online professional rabbinical program.  

Sim Shalom, a non profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization,  nurtures a Jewish connection through its mission of innovative services, creative education and dynamic outreach to the global community.  For more information visit  or call 201-338-0165.

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