At 17:50 30/08/2020, Miriam Deutscher wrote:
You don't mention about how your descent is Jewish.This needs correcting
The USA uses different words to the UK here - so I am UK terminology
which you may have to "translate"
There are two major streams in the observing of Judaism : "Orthodox"
"Maternal Jewish descent " in defining Judaism is the requirement of
Orthodox or Traditional Judaism
The various "Reformed" or "Liberal strands will., of course, accept
that but will also accept anyone who asserts to being a Jew.
To my knowledge all the streams of Judaism require a proficiency in
Jewish history and Tradition when accepting a convert into Judaism
The amount of knowledge required will vary from one congregation to
the other. Equally the proficiency in Hebrew demanded will vary
Equally the recognition by surname is no longer "reliable" - brought
abouit in the main by intermarriage particularly since World War 2.