I’m only 18, but I’ve done a lot of reflection, studying, and research, and I know I really want to convert to either conservative or orthodox Judaism. I’m prepared to go through every part of the conversion from a lot of reading and studying to changing to kosher diet. However, one thing that I’m a bit concerned about is the requirement to move to a Jewish community. I live with my grandparents, because my parents both died when I was young, and I’m planning on living with them until they die, not because I can’t live on my own but because they can’t, and even after they die they have informed me that they want me to take care of their home, their business, and everything else.
However, it is my understanding that to convert to and live orthodox Judaism, I am required to live in a Jewish community. I’m wondering if someone could explain this in more detail. The town we live in is quite small and rural, and I’m not sure of any Jewish communities nearby. I’m not really sure what to do. I want to be a devoted orthodox Jew, but I don’t know how I can and still stick to my word. If anyone could please provide me some advice, I’d be very grateful. Thank you!