Have you been considering conversion for a long time? Does the process of conversion sound daunting? Do you want to be sure your conversion is recognized by the State of Israel?
Join the official conversion classes of AMI - the leading conversion class in Israel!
Want to know the secret of our success in the State Rabbinical courts of conversion? Simply – it’s the great teachers, accessible classes and special tracks we offer.
AMI has a variety of courses to offer – classes throughout the country and the unique ‘Personal Conversion’ track, in which the prospective converts study with a teacher one-on-one. (The process is for citizens and permanent residents)
When you think of conversion, you’re thinking of a home, a family, a true and clearly-defined identity. It is therefore important, before beginning a conversion class, to ensure that your journey will be properly recognized and validated. Quality conversion = a process in which the pathways and goals are clear from the start. A conversion following which you will be recognized by all as a Jew, and everyone will value the journey you have made.
Possible? Certainly! With AMI you can feel secure and confident that you are on the right track to Orthodox, quality conversion, recognized by the Chief Rabbinate, the State of Israel and Israeli society in general.
At the head of AMI stands Rabbi Chaim Druckman | Israel Prize Laureate for lifetime achievement in the area of conversion, and founder of the state conversion system in Israel.
Do you have a question about conversion? Would you like to start the conversion process but have doubts? Here are the questions that people always ask us… If you can’t find the answers you need, we’ll be happy to answer by phone!
Official conversion (also known as “state conversion” or “recognized conversion”) is a conversion that the various authorities in the State of Israel – the Chief Rabbinate, the Ministry of Interior and others – recognize and approve. State conversion is an Orthodox conversion, performed only in the special conversion courts of the (Chief Rabbinate) State Conversion Department. The conversion courts are distributed nationwide. Conversions done through the State of Israel conversion courts are recognized worldwide, so you can be sure your conversion will really be accepted in Israel and abroad! AMI conversion – The leading official conversion courses in Israel.
Orthdox conversion, as opposed to Reform or Conservative conversions, is the only type of conversion that is valid according to the Halacha – Jewish law. ‘Halacha’ is the law that guides a Jew through all the issues in life, and it gives clear guidelines also on the subject of conversion. Orthdox conversion demands commitment to all the rules of the Halacha, which means you can be sure that this conversion is 100% “kosher” and valid, and will be respected everywhere. For your peace of mind – join Israel’s official Orthodox conversion, through the AMI conversion course!
Certainly, with AMI’s conversion course you will receive personal guidance every step of the way – during class studies, on educational tours, at special activities and above all – at the meetings at the conversion court.
Personal guidance throughout the conversion process is of great importance. Often, conversion candidates are faced with dilemmas and concerns during the process, and the presence of a teacher offering guidance and support can change the experience entirely.
The official conversion process normally takes between 10-12 months, depending on the study track chosen, and the class and student’s individual progress.
It is important to note that the conversion process is individual. Generally, 10-12 months are the ideal period for completing the process; during that time, the candidate experiences all the Jewish festivals, and covers the academic and practical requirements of the course.
Our advice to our students is always – come relaxed, and committed to a truly enriching and meaningful process. It will make your pathway to success much easier!
Please note: according to the rabbinical court’s rules, candidates are obliged to complete a full course of study. In special cases, one may file a request for a shortened process.
Additional reading | The process of conversion, conversion class track
Throughout the course, the conversion candidate meets the conversion court a number of times:
The first meeting occurs two months after beginning the course. The purpose of the meeting is to open a conversion file.
The second meeting is with the Rabbinic court representative, and occurs after eight months of study. The purpose of the meeting is for the court representative to assess the candidate’s progress, and give advice concerning any problems which may have arisen during the process.
The final meeting occurs at the end of the course of study, with the Rabbinic court comprised of three Rabbinic judges. The purpose of the meeting is for the Rabbinic judges to examine and assess the meaningful process the candidate has been through, and receive the convert into the Nation of Israel.
Additional reading | The conversion court
In the course of our work in AMI, we are often asked this kind of question. The basis for the question is the assumption that the court of conversion is against us, and trying to ‘give us a hard time’ so as to refuse us.
But the opposite is true – the conversion courts are here for you!
True, not all candidates pass first time; that is not because of an interest in making difficulties, but a true and deep desire to ensure that the state conversion system will indeed be accepted in all circles of the Jewish people.
This approach has our best interests at heart, so that the next generation will respect the process we have been through.
So what will happen if you don’t pass? First of all, be optimistic that you will pass! 🙂
And even if you don’t pass the first time, please G-d the second time you will, after a suitable period of continued study and strengthening your commitment to the Torah and commandments.
Certainly. One can enter AMI’s classes at any point one reached through the Nativ courses – both the army and the civil course.
AMI’s uniqueness lies in the high percentage of success, service throughout the country and even private teachers in case a class doesn’t work out.
So we’re here for you!
Looking for information on the various steps in the conversion process? Would you like to know more about the procedure for foreign nationals, or an accompanying family? You’ve passed the conversion court and want to know what comes next? All the information is right here
We in AMI pave your road to success. One of the secrets of our success is our significant investment in developing a top-quality study program. At AMI courses you will find the best quality conversion study materials in Israel. As part of the course material you will receive our custom designed booklet of reference pages free of charge.
In addition, you may purchase (at cost price – 50 NIS only) our book “The Paved Road” (in Hebrew) – a complete conversion guide that encompasses the entire syllabus in one book!