I need more information before I could offer a reasonable opinion. You don't explain how your schedule affects your desire to convert-- do you mean you can't find regular time to take classes, or do you mean you're not sure you could handle being a full Jew because of your schedule? The first, I think, is relatively easily solved-- find a synagogue that seems to model the kind of Judaism that you found attractive, and see if the rabbi there is interested in working with you. If you find a rabbi to guide you through the process, I am sure your guide will find a way to have you learn the requisite material in a way that fits your schedule. In a process that's relatively long, I suspect you will find more flexibility than you think.
If you meant the latter, that you're unsure as to whether you could live the rhythms of a Jewish life, that's an important question to consider ahead of time. One answer is that once you're in it, you'll find ways to adjust your schedule. Another answer, though, is that you might realize you don't need to convert to Judaism to live a good, valuable life. You can study Judaism's view of the world, and see what it has to say about a well-lived life as a non-Jew, and work on living that way. If, later, your schedule and/or commitments change, you can always convert at taht time.
Conversion ot Judaism is a process that requires committment and a willingness to make changes in ones life. Having said that, there are a variety of option for how that process works that vary from community to community. I would suggest contacting a few local Synagogues to see if their class and programs will work for you and if there is a way of customizing to your schedule. I wish you many blessings and hope you find your way to Judaism.
Rare is the week in which I don't receive an e-mail, call or visit (no text message inquiry yet, but times being what they are, who knows) requesting information about conversion to Judaism. My suggestions, then, are borne out of no small number of conversations.
Occasionally, individuals will indicate they “want to convert." Often, I'll respond with how do you know that? More positively stated, I welcome any initiative that involves studying Judaism, whether that be in one of our classes or as an independent study or with guided readings. People are welcome to attend services, to participate in the life of the community, etc. But, controversies among the nominations aside, that is not the same matter as choosing to join our people's story through the affirmation of conversion.
Additionally, there is no time constraint, by which I mean one does not have to get the journey finished on some deadline. All of that means I would encourage the questioner to begin or to continue the process by making whatever time available for study, conversation, meeting and connection,. Given the suggested schedule constraints, that journey may be interrupted or distracted, perhaps, never finished – if finished means an official welcome into Jewish life. But this is certainly not a race, and there is no requirement, at least on our part, that someone only reaches a successful conclusion with conversion. Simply put, I encourage the questioners simply to find a place to continue or begin.
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