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Converting to Judaism

I want to convert to Judaism. I’m 15 (female), and I’ve been studying a lot about the Jewish culture and a little about converting and the history of Israel and I feel a strong connection to Judaism. I don’t want to officially start converting for a while because I know this is a huge step in my life and I want to be completely sure of what I’m doing, so I have a few questions.

  1. How do I talk to a rabbi about sponsoring me? Where do I look for one?
  2. Which denomination should I convert to should I want to move to Israel? Does it matter?
  3. How do I talk my not strict but very not-open-to-new-ideas Christian mother about this?
  4. Can I change denominations once I’ve converted?
  5. Please tell me more about denominations.
  6. Pretty much all of my friends are bi or lesbians. How do different denominations feel about the LGBT community?
  7. What exactly is kosher? They say pigs and animals who don’t eat their own cud and have a certain kind of hoof?
  8. How do other Jewish people of different denominations feel about converts?
  9. What’s the best way to learn Hebrew? Should I learn Yiddish?
  10. Is there anything else I should know regarding conversion and Judaism?

I don’t know if anything I said here might be offensive because I still know very little about the community, but please tell me if I did.

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