I can’t believe it’s been nine years since I came out of the mikvah. I began my Jewish journey in fall 2011, not knowing just how much my life would change. I am so grateful everyday that I found Temple. The past year has not been easy to get through, but my community was there when I needed them the most. I will never be able to completely articulate how much that means to me.
I began overseeing the conversion program in December, which has been an absolute joy and something that I hope to keep in my work portfolio. I’ve loved meeting the students and learning more about their stories and what led them to Temple. I don’t know if I’ve helped them as much as they have helped me, but being a tiny part of their Jewish journey is a great honor and privilege. It feels like I’ve come full circle as I help to welcome new people into our community.
I am not the same person I was nine years ago and I am proud of how far I’ve come and how I’m able to serve the community that has given me so much. It hasn’t always been easy and I suspect there will be more crises of faith and difficult times, but it’s all worth it knowing I’m right where I belong.
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higiyanu laz’man hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.