A Beautiful Story of a Conversion to Judaism

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Leigh Marz began a yearlong process of converting to Judaism in 2004. In preparation for Leigh’s conversion ceremony her “Jew coach” (as Leigh calls him) asked her to share a written summary of her experience with guests. “A written paragraph or two should do it,” he suggested.

What seemed a simple task became a brief obsession and led to the writing of Tales of Jew In Training. In preparation for the ritual, Leigh made each guest a handbound copy. These copies have since circulated among friends, acquaintances, and friends of acquaintances for over six years. Requests for copies and inquiries as to when Leigh was going to “actually do something” with this has led to *this site*—which is intended entirely as a gift.

Leigh Marz lives in Berkeley, CA on a hilltop overlooking the San Francisco Bay with her husband, Michael, and her now 5-year-old daughter, Ava Zahara. Leigh considers herself to be one of the luckiest people alive.

Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun, co-chair with Indian environmental activist Vandana Shiva of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. He is the author of eleven books, including two national bestsellers—The Left Hand of God and Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation. His most recent book, Embracing Israel/Palestine, is available on Kindle from Amazon.com and in hard copy from tikkun.org/eip. He welcomes your responses and invites you to join with him by joining the Network of Spiritual Progressives (membership comes with a subscription to Tikkun magazine). You can contact him at rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com.
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