When I began my conservative conversion process, the rabbi had a policy that all potential conversion candidates must visit the orthodox rabbi in town and ask him the following questions. I believe these are good questions to consider when deciding which movement to convert through. In other words, you should make an informed decision before making an assumption about which movement you belong in. Don't presume that you know the answers to these questions or what "the orthodox" are like. If nothing else, maybe this will be the first time you've met a real, honest-to-Betsy orthodox Jew. I wish I could say that is always a good first impression, but rabbis are people too.
- What are the steps and the process for an orthodox conversion?
- If I convert to Judaism under the supervision of a reform or conservative rabbi, will I be accepted by you and by the orthodox community as a Jew? Even if I have a circumcision, beit din, and mikvah?
- If I convert to Judaism under the supervision of an orthodox rabbi and at some point decide that I am more comfortable in a conservative or reform synagogue, how will that affect my orthodox conversion? In other words, can my conversion be taken away from me?
Feel free to add other questions if you'd like.
Of course, #3 has become more complicated since 2006, but read Conversion Is Permanent before freaking out and writing crazy comments below. If you ignore this statement and write me crazy angry comments anyway about precisely what I wrote about in that post, I reserve the right to embarrass you by telling you to read that post instead of responding to your statements.