Liberals get rise in converts

Liberal Judaism has announced a record number of conversions, with 85 recruits accepted in 2011.

Candidates have to experience a full Jewish calendar year and undergo at least six months' instruction before applying for admission.

In practice, most take 15 months or more before they appear before the Liberal Beit Din - as its rabbinic board was renamed last year.

Liberal chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich said the movement was delighted that it "appears to be an attractive way of life for an increasing number of people from very different backgrounds.

"Some of them fall in love with a Jew - which is a good thing - but many come after a long spiritual search, seeking a way of life compatible with modern living, which adds beauty and meaning every single day."

Last year's total of converts compares with 71 in 2010 and 58 the year before.

Last updated: 1:07pm, January 12 2012