Machon Milton

My name is Eliana, my parents are not Jewish but, somehow, they chose that name without knowing that it would give me this identity that I have today. I am a converted Jew and today I feel that my name cannot be any other. My...

For things to work smoothly, there are often many moving parts and many people who move them. Sometimes there is that one pivotal human being who just makes all the difference. Rabbi Dan Zer, director of the Jerusalem district of the Conversion Authority, is one...

Dear Friends:   This time of year is emotionally stretched.  Pulled.  Other years I would have said emotionally rich.  Pesach, then Yom Hashoah for the Holocaust, then Yom Hazikaron for the fallen, then Yom Haatsmaut, Independence Day.  Enjoyment, searing pain, pain with pride and joyful pride.  That...

Our conversion students in Machon Milton went on a moving and emotional trip to Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem in the days leading up to Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.   Rabbi Reuven Tradburks, director of Machon Milton, brought the group and arranged for a wonderful...

Practice makes perfect! Rabbi Reuven Tradburks, director of Machon Milton, our English-speaking Jewish conversion program in partnership with the Rabbinical Council of America, ran a mock-Seder this past week for the Machon Milton students. [video width="480" height="848" mp4="https://www.shavei.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/WhatsApp-Video-2024-04-18-at-11.57.05_6450d5f5.mp4"][/video] The event was fun, and participants reported the added confidence...

The 8th and 9th plagues occur.  Before the 10th, death of the first born, the mitzvot of Korban Pesach and of Matza are given.  The first-born die.  The Jews are sent out of Egypt.  Mitzvot are given to commemorate the momentous event of the Exodus...

In these challenging times, it is heartening to hear good news and we are happy to have some. Students from all over the world have all chosen to join the Jewish faith and are starting the new session at Machon Milton, the English language Ulpan...

Parshat Vaera is the transition from Divine promises to Divine action.  Responding to Paro’s first refusal at the end of last week’s Parsha, G-d assures Moshe that He will release the Jewish people from slavery and bring them to the land of Israel.  After Moshe’s...

Our Parsha begins with Yaakov fleeing the land of Israel from Esav’s murderous intent and it concludes with his return to the land of Israel.  He dreams as he leaves of a ladder reaching to Heaven with G-d promising that He will bring Yaakov back...

This is the parsha of Yitzchak and Rivka’s life.  Rivka has twins, Esav and Yaakov.  Yaakov buys the birthright from Esav.  Yitzchak goes to Gerar in a famine, is told not to leave the land, digs the wells Avraham dug and renews the pact with...