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How long is the conversion process into Traditional Orthodox and Modern Orthodox? What is the minimum time period in most cases? I know converts can spend years preparing until they actually finalise their conversion.

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I suspect this is highly variable. I've heard of people completing the process in a year or two, and of ones who spent ten or more years on it. There are lots of variables. –  Monica Cellio Sep 25 '12 at 19:46
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i have heard from 6 months (someone who had already lived for 20 years as a conservadox jew and then found out that a maternal great-grandmother wasn't actually jewish) to 2 years. part may be the level of background, how knowledgable the prospective convert is when he starts the process, how much time he commits to the life changes or the learning early on etc. –  Danno Sep 25 '12 at 19:51
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"Minimum time" in "most cases"? What exactly are you looking for? –  Double AA Sep 25 '12 at 20:31
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I know someone who took over 5 years... –  Charles Koppelman Sep 27 '12 at 2:44
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When I converted 32 years ago, I already had a Conservative conversion from 2 years earlier, and therefore more background than somene beginning, and it still took a year. But another did it in 10 months. I find that most rabbis want you to go a year to experience all f the holidays. More importantly, they want you to know enough to realize how little you know. –  Bruce James Dec 30 '12 at 5:24

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From the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) conversion FAQ:

The amount of time for a convert to be prepared for conversion varies from case to case, depending upon the level of knowledge and experience that preceded the quest for conversion and many other factors. A minimum of two years of study and experiential growth is generally recommended though individual circumstances may vary in this regard. During this time, the candidate will be in communication with the Beit Din to review his or her progress, and make any necessary adjustments or decisions as to the remaining course of study and personal growth.

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