About the Center's Director and Staff

The founder and director of the Center is Rabbi Stephen C. Lerner, a Jewish Theological Seminary graduate, and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia College as well.  Rabbi Lerner has served as editor of Conservative Judaism, the quarterly journal of the Seminary and the Rabbinical Assembly. His work with the Center has been heralded in the Jewish Week and Newsday where he has been referred to as “the leading maker of new Jews in the New York area if not the country.” 

Teachers are distinguished Conservative rabbis and senior rabbinical students at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  The Center receives referrals from all arms of the Conservative movement and from rabbis representing all branches of Judaism, both in the New York area and from other parts of the country. It answers inquiries about conversion from people throughout the world.

Rabbi Lerner's passion for converting is articulated in an article he authored for Masoret in Spring 1994. Click here to read The Pleasures of Converting.


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