I am a member of the Commission on Social Action of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which is why I’m in D.C. I’ve been involved in the RAC for several years now and have spoken on several webinars and campaign launch events. I’m really proud to be a part of this organization and hope that I’m doing even a tiny sliver of good.
I think my mom was somewhat aware of my involvement, but I do regret not sharing more of my Jewish world with her. I tended to keep my Jewish and non-Jewish worlds separate when she was alive. There were very few crossover points, mainly because of my mom’s discomfort with religion in general and Judaism in particular, just because she didn’t know a lot about it. I tried but I never wanted to push anything onto her and she supported my Jewish life. I think I just wish that she had met more of the people/friends that I’m close to and who are Jewish. Since she died, my non-Jewish world has shrunk considerably, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think this is better explained by saying that there is no reason to keep those worlds separate anymore. I’ve also moved physically closer to the Jewish community, so it makes sense, I suppose.
I don’t know why I’m thinking about this. Maybe it’s because Mom’s birthday is tomorrow.