Some people become Jewish at some point in life after they are born. Typically, they’re referred to as either “Jews-by-choice” (in contrast to “Jews-by-birth”) or as “converts” to Judaism. Amelia Dornbush, who underwent a conversion to Judaism during college, joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about why she would not describe herself as a “Jew-by-choice,” and why that term may create more problems than it solves. This episode is the 9th in an ongoing Judaism Unbound mini-series exploring conversion to Judaism.

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