People convert to Judaism for many reasons. Some are seeking religious meaning in their lives – with or without any connection to a Jewish partner – and simply find that Judaism offers a spiritual and religious place in which they are comfortable. For others, a relationship or marriage with a Jewish person offers them a first chance to explore Judaism. Participating in Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat or holiday service, or Torah study may be a completely new and different experience, and can be the first step toward considering conversion.
The conversion process is self-paced and open-ended. Once this journey of Jewish exploration and learning has begun, each seeker will make the individual choices that best suit their life. Some people make the decision to convert shortly after their learning process begins, while others take more time to make a final decision. Some people are motivated to convert because they are part of a Jewish family and are raising or plan to raise Jewish children. Some people choose to convert after living in a Jewish family and participating in Jewish activities for years.