Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Religious Studies

First Advisor's Name

Tudor Parfitt

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Oren Stier

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Carlos Grenier

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


Jewish identity, religious conversion, pandemic

Date of Defense



March 2020 saw a stark change to daily life and religious practices for many individuals because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those converting to Judaism, or in the process of wanting to convert, found themselves physically isolated from their Jewish communities. This thesis dives into what aspects are important when creating a Jewish identity and how individuals circumnavigate these changes in crisis. Through the use of qualitative interviews this thesis illuminates the many different changes and experiences that individuals went through converting to Judaism during the COVID-19 pandemic. I bring many different groups for comparisons including different branches within Judaism and ethnic backgrounds. Findings suggest that the pandemic has effected the method of conversion as technology has been incorporated into several aspects. It has also affected the Jewish identity of those converting as COVID-19, and the crisis surrounding it, has been at the forefront of these individuals mind. Finally, due to the new found accessibility from the incorporation of technology, individuals who could not convert before are now able to do so. Therefore, changing the new faces of Judaism.



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