Booking an appointment:
Before going to my first Shabbat service I called the temple, a woman answered and transferred me to the Rabbi’s office, another woman answer and started asking me questions in a not very enthusiastic tone as if it is part of the routine, as if many people call asking about conversion but get discouraged. Here is how the conversation went, I am omitting simple questions like my name, time and obvious questions:
Me: Hello, I wanna talk to a rabbi about the conversion process
Her: How long have you been thinking about conversion?
Me: 6 months.
Her: Have you attended a service?
Her: is it for marriage purpose?
Her: Are you circumcised?
Her: Did you know you had to get circumcised?
Me: Yes, I know and I am ok with it
(In most reforms community it is not mandatory but like I said before Canadian and American reform movements are very different, this being one of those differences)
Her: (Explains the courses I have to take, and most importantly doesn’t stop repeating prices, Judaism 101 is $400 dollars, circumcision is $1000, Hebrew classes $$$, Mikvah inmersion $400 and more $$$$$$$ as if I was gonna get discouraged)
Me: That’s ok
Her: So you still wanna set up an appointment?
Her: (with a different tone of voice, more welcoming) Oh ok, perfect.
I still don’t know where I am gonna get the money for all these but hopefully I can come up with a solution. This being the only reform synagogue in Montreal doesn’t give me much room to explore so I just hope I will feel welcome and confortable with the Rabbi when I meet her next week.