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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.
Friday, April 9, 2010

Choosing a community

How does one choose a community that they wish to live in? One thing an individual must know is what are they looking for in a community? what religious standards do they want to follow and emulate?

Are they looking for something more Chassidic, Litvish, Modern orthodox? Unfortunately, we have too many labels within Judaism. Nonetheless, one must place themselves with some sort of community, as previously mentioned.

Even with that said, there are many different shades of these labels. One idea is to try and speak to as many people as possible about certain communities to try and get a feel for what it is like. Then, if they like what they hear, they should go try and visit.

Another important factor is about schools (if you have kids), the job market... What are the synagogues like there? Is there a kollel?

One cannot do enough research. Just like one would search for a place that would be good for their livelihood and physical aspects of their life, one should search for those spiritual aspects as well.

The most important thing is determining what level of observance you are at and then try and find a community that meets those requirements.

A rabbi who knows you well should be able to help and guide you


Anonymous said...

So can you explain what what are Chassidish, Litvish.......I know what modern orthodox is. But why all the lables?