We have been busy these last weeks developing an articulated curriculum for our Empowering Ruth program—designed for women who have converted to Judaism. We piloted this program a few years ago in New York City, thanks to a grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation in New York. And now, thanks to the generosity of the Jim Joseph Foundation, we are able to transform that pilot and what we learned from it into a formal curriculum so that we can launch the program throughout North America. Look for it soon in your community—or if you are interested in bringing it home, please be in touch with us.
When I read the news that “Wedding Crashers” star Isla Fisher recently converted to Judaism and is marrying observant Jew Sacha Baron Cohen (of “Borat” infamy), I thought that maybe she would be a great celebrity spokesperson for the launch. But she is just one of many in Hollywood who have been attracted to Judaism. We would like to invite every female celebrity who is a Jew-by-choice to consider becoming a spokesperson for Empowering Ruth.
So if Mrs. Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Connie Chung, or any of the other women who have proudly cast their lot with the Jewish people are reading this blog, we would welcome the opportunity to work with you. With your help, we could lend a powerful voice to women all over America who have decided to embrace Jewish life. And to all women who have recently converted, welcome. We’re thrilled to have you with us.