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Rabbi Chaim Coffman
Rabbi Coffman has helped people from all across the spectrum to prepare themselves properly for Orthodox Conversion to Judaism. His students admire his vast knowledge and appreciate his warm, personal attention and endearing sense of humor.
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Welcome to Rabbi Chaim Coffman's Blog!

I would like to thank you for visiting my blog, Beyond Orthodox Conversion to Judaism.

The conversion process can be a lengthy and daunting one to say the least and I want you to know that I am here to help you through it.

I have been teaching newcomers to Judaism for over a decade and over the last few years I have seen that conversion candidates really lack the support and knowledge they need to navigate the conversion process and successfully integrate into the Orthodox Jewish community.

I created my mentorship program in order to help make this whole experience as smooth and as painless as possible! (Can't do much about the growing pains, though ;)

Feel free to get to know me a little through the posts on my blog and visit the mentorship and syllabus page if you are interested in possible joining us.

I sincerely wish you all the best in your search for truth and spiritual growth.

Looking forward to meeting you,
Chaim Coffman

My Rebbe, Rav Moshe Sternbuch

In case you were wondering why I have all of these articles written by Rav Moshe Sternbuch, he is my Rebbe, and one of the gedolei hador (greatest Rabbis of our generation).

Rav Sternbuch fully endorses me and supports my mentorship program.

He is the address for all of my halachic or hashkafic (practical and philosophical) questions that I or my students may have.

The articles are based on his weekly talks on the Torah portion that the Rav gives in Jerusalem in his kollel. As a member of the kollel I get first dibbs on the photocopies and I type them up for my blog so you can all benefit from the Rav's erudition and insight.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How did I get started

My field was really in kiruv rechokim, helping unaffiliated Jews reconnect to their ancient heritage. A friend of mine put me in contact with another rabbi who "happened" to also give classes over the phone to potential converts from Florida and Puerto Rico.

A few months later, I got a call on a Sunday morning to see if I could fill in a class to these special people. After getting ten minutes notice, I had to give a class for half an hour. As that 2 hour class ended, these eager students were starving for Torah and wanted more.

They wanted a class once a week, then twice a week. After a while, I became their link to Torah. It was then that I started my mentorship program for people interested in converting to Judaism and becoming Orthodox Jews.

Three and a half years later and six conversions under my belt, I continue to grow from the questions of my students and their unbelievable commitment to Judaism.