Hello, Both my mother and father’s side of the family have hidden their Jewish roots out of fear. My mother’s side hid in the mid 1800’s during the reformations in Germany, and my father’s side much earlier than that. I recently found that some family members knew that we were of a Jewish heritage, but did not tell other family members. I have cousins on my mothers side, who are practicing Judaism and who say that they always knew, but my mother’s mother never told any of us that her family and even her husband’s family, (my grandfather), came from a Jewish heritage. My father’s paternal line is Levi, but they lost their practice of Judaism some time ago, and I can not pinpoint when that was. My parents and I have felt very strong ties to Judaism all of my life, and my mother remembers asking her mother about it when she was a child also. We have all always felt Jewish, if I may put it that way, and our “religious” beliefs are perfectly in line with Judaism, although until recently we never went to synagogue. I have been attending Torah study for a few weeks now. My question is this: I wish to return and help my family return to actively practicing Judaism. Must I convert, or is our “history” sufficient to be considered already Jewish? Is there such an understanding of “returning”? What are the official positions on this? ( I seem to find conflicting information on this subject) Thank you, Shaun.