Where have I been? In the past year I have been spending more time thinking about what it means to be Jewish for me. I was contemplating my conversion and what it means for me and also my family and friends. I was wondering would I be “Jewish enough”, would I be accepted, would I find meaning in holidays and rituals that weren’t quite my own yet? I have been more introspective about the world and social issues, I have been more aware, I have gotten more upset about injustice and more understanding about where people of all faiths and races are coming from.
Where am I now? Right now I am excited to be identifying as Jewish. I enjoy hearing the music at services (thank you Cantor Adam!), when I never felt inspired or enjoyed the music of my previous religion, I am feeling inspiration to be a part of a religion, culture and community that has such a long history. I am realizing it’s okay to be Jewish in my own way. I am pleasantly surprised to hear others say they are Jewish in their own way too. I am still learning, and I am realizing I will ALWAYS be learning and wrestling with what it means to be Jewish. And I am very happy about that!
- Meet the Candidates for the 2018-2019 JeTY Board! - May 2, 2018
- Announcing ShulCloud - May 2, 2018
- Jacob Smith’s Tikkun Olam Project - April 5, 2018
- Rabbi Rachel Heaps’ Installation - March 14, 2018
- Singing Our Sacred Roots: The American Journey of Our Reform Musical Inheritance - February 22, 2018
- An Update on the Refugee Sisters You Helped Sponsor - December 21, 2017
- Adult Hebrew Class - December 5, 2017
- Say Yes to Supporting Temple Jeremiah - November 28, 2017
- Moving from Divisions to Dialogue- A Conversation with Laurie Grauer - November 8, 2017
- Announcement from Adam Kahan - November 7, 2017