Hebrew name ups and downs
June 14, 2010 9:43 PM Subscribe
If I were to convert to Judaism, and my dad was already Jewish, would I need to know his Hebrew name?
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am a female. My mom is not Jewish, of course. I was just wondering if any of you have had any experience in this. I don't have his contact information, and I would feel like I was using him if I found him just to extract information. Would an English name be acceptable? I don't want to have to stick with the generic name converts get: "X bat Sarah", because I still want to recognize that I do have some sort of Jewish ancestry. I've looked for the information, but I couldn't find any information for this specific situation. This would be a Conservative congregation, if it counts.
I'd ask my rabbi, but I sort of want to know now so I can start trying to find my dad if I have to, and I'm not quite ready to have the old "I want to convert" conversation yet.
Thanks in advance!