BHS suggests visiting URJ’s website for conversion classes and information.

Rabbi Lippe tutors students who would like to convert to Judaism.  He would ask that a prospective student not contact him until he or she has completed at least two-thirds of one of the below courses. He can be reached at

1. The 92nd Street Y (formally called Derekh Torah) is the most intense, lengthy [30wk] and expensive. I highly recommend it but it isn’t for everyone. [By the way there is a Brooklyn based section of this program.]

Please contact Leana Moritt, director of Jewish Outreach in the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, at 212.415.5767 or email for information or to schedule an interview.

Payment plans and scholarship assistance are available. In case of early withdrawal, an 80% refund will be granted through the fifth class. After that, no refunds will be granted.

Note: The first class of each Derekh Torah course starts at 6:45pm in the lobby of the Y lobby for a tour. All other classes meet weekly from 7:30-9:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.

30 Sessions, $620 Person/$950 Couple


2. Local Brownstone Brooklyn Intro to Judaism course. Teacher Rabbi Matt Carl. 20 weeks.

Begins each Fall.

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults

Contact Rabbi Matt Carl at for course fee and registration info


3. The most basic course: URJ Introduction to Judaism: The class runs 20 weeks.

The URJ Greater New York Council is offering “New” Introduction to Judaism Classes.

Classes are held at the URJ Headquarters at 633 Third Avenue, 6th Floor (between 40 – 41st Streets NYC).   THE COURSE IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR TWENTY WEEKS AND INCLUDES BASIC HEBREW.   The registration fee is $450.00 (including the cost of books); there is a reduced fee of $400.00 for members of URJ congregations.

Please call the GREATER NEW YORK COUNCIL at (212) 870-2900 for registration information. Registration closes one week prior to class start date.

**Please bring photo IDs to all classes.  Dates subject to change.