Category Archives: Converting to Judaism

Some thoughts about Israel

One This morning on the train it occurred to me that I’m a convert and I remembered that I chose this. When I converted, almost 10 years ago, we were entering a decade of peace in Israel and the question … Continue reading

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How not to welcome interfaith families

It begins to happen at the beginning of December, the invitations to cool Jewish events that happen on December 24th and 25th. The Alternative to Christmas programming. From casual outings to China town, to Matzah Balls to the mega-learning event … Continue reading

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Lets Talk About Sex, Rabbi

Kosher Sex by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach was the first book I read about Judaism, so it should have seemed natural that when I was converting I had a big talk with my Rabbi about sex. Instead it came as a … Continue reading

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Shabbat and the Single Girl

I’m 28, single and Jewish in Chicago. Like most single Jewish women, that means JDate, JCC events, and being set up by well-meaning friends. What sets me apart, is that I’m also a JBC—a Jew by Choice. I started studying … Continue reading

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Mezuzah and The Single Girl

The day I moved into my condo, just two blocks from my synagogue, my rabbi came over to help me hang my mezuzah. Nine months later, when my first mezuzah was stolen, I was able to hang a new one … Continue reading

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Reiki and The Single Girl

A few days after my thirtieth birthday, I woke up with intense back pain. Had I gone rock climbing and suffered a great fall? Spent the night at a dance marathon? No. All I did was turn 30, and my … Continue reading

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Career Path and the Single Girl

In the summer of 2005, I was given two options by the PR agency where I was temping. Go temp-to-perm and become an Administrative Assistant or take an internship and begin a career in PR. I polled family, friends, and … Continue reading

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