Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California


The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din
of Southern California

בית הדין הקהילתי בקליפורניה הדרומית

ע״ש שושנה קפלן

The Pluralistic Entryway for Conversion to Judaism



6275 Canterbury Dr, Suite 202, Culver City, CA 90230

Voice: 323-863-5486     Fax: 323-417-5027





On Candidates from Outside Southern California

Sponsoring Rabbis:  READ HERE



Board of Governors


Rabbi Elliot Dorff

Rabbi Richard Levy

Founders & Chairs


Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein



Rabbi Stephen Einstein



Mr. Jonathan Freund

Rabbi Adam Greenwald

Rabbi Mark Hyman

Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz

Rabbi Warren Levy

Rabbi Janet Madden

Rabbi Sabine Meyer

Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

Rabbi Arinna Shelby

Rabbi Dan Shevitz

Rabbi Lynn Brody Slome

Rabbi Neal Weinberg


Operated in cooperation with the Pacific Southwest region of the Rabbinical Assembly, the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, the Southern California Region of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, the AJRCA Clergy and Alumni Association, the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, the West District of the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Pacific Southwest region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.



Board of Trustees


George Caplan



Anthony Chanin

Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein

David Gottlieb

Elana Jassy

Rachel Kaufman

Sarah Moore

Edward Robbin


The Sandra Caplan* Community Bet Din  was founded in 2002 on the premise that conversion to Judaism can and ought to be an experience that transcends denominations, adhering to firm standards, directed by a professional rabbinate that guides and welcomes conversion candidates with sensitivity and gentleness. Rabbis from the Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform movements, as well as transdenominational rabbis, have agreed on standards and procedures; this assures that converts will be welcomed by the great ma­jor­ity of the Jewish community. Our pluralistic, permanent sitting court is virtually unprecedented.


* Sandra Caplan was a convert to Judaism and led an exemplary Jewish life. Her premature death was widely mourned. The work of this Bet Din honors her memory.

Rabbi Dan Shevitz

Av Bet Din

(Head Rabbi of the Court)


Rabbi Stephen Einstein

S’gan Av Bet Din

(Associate Head Rabbi of the Court)


Rabbi David E. S. Stein

Executive Director


Participating rabbis who have been certified to bring candidates to us.


Candidates for conversion to Judaism through this Bet Din must prepare with a Bet Din member, who will serve as their Sponsoring Rabbi. Candidates may study privately or complete a course of study (Introduction to Judaism) with one of the endorsed programs below. The following courses can satisfy the basic educational requirements of the Community Bet Din:


Introduction to Judaism courses, sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism, the association of North American Reform synagogues. or email to


• Introduction to Judaism classes by the Judaism by Choice program (transdenominational). or phone: 888-Jew-bychoice (888-539-2924)


Miller Introduction to Judaism Program of the Ziegler School of Rab­binic Studies (Conservative) at the American Jewish University. or email to


• Jewish Literacy courses, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County. or email Rabbi Mike Lotker at

(Answers to Frequently Asked Questions)



Our Calendar

The Bet Din is in regular session on the second Wednesday and the fourth Thursday of the month, from 1 to 4:15 pm, at the American Jewish University in Bel Air. Special sessions can also be arranged. Your sponsoring rabbi will schedule your appointment.

Download application and declaration forms:

Application for an adult (download before filling in)  • Application for a child (download before filling in) 

Declaration of Jewish Commitment (large-print practice version)



nondiscrimination policy

We welcome candidates for conversion to apply regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, or marital status.


For Rabbis/Dayanim

(private area)

Password required. To recover a password, send email to and it will be sent to your address of record.

Organizational Policy Statements:   Announcement (August 2012)    Shifting Our Stance (July 2012)