Category Archives: Basics

A Day of Jewish Learning

Routes-Logo-w-Tagline-no-sessions-e1360703616897What are you up to this Sunday? The Partnership for Jewish Life & Learning is holding Routes: A Day of Jewish Learning at the American University Campus in Washington, DC. The program runs from 10am to 5pm and features speakers and performers on a number of topics covered during 60 sessions.

Routes is designed to provide a “welcoming, accessible and exciting learning experience for the diverse Jewish population of Greater Washington.” For some this will be an introduction to Judaism. For others it will be a way to renew ties to Judaism or to explore new options. This year the program will include sessions on everything from managing stress and religion in the newsroom to discussions of tzedakah and the history of Jews and chocolate. Check out the schedule.

Food is available for purchase on campus, as well as at nearby restaurants. Kosher lunch boxes can be pre-ordered when you register – or – bring food from home. Yes. You can eat during sessions.

Register in advance and the cost is $18. It’s $25 at the door. High school and undergraduate students can enter FREE with a valid student ID.

Directions and parking info here.

See you there!

B’nai Mitzvah Prep

It’s Bat Mitzvah prep time in my house! My daughter is getting nervous and excited. It’s still months away, but the time to learn her Torah portion and work on her speeches is very close.

I know the prep period is going to seem long and arduous to her. I know it’s going to pass far more quickly than she anticipates. I also know there are going to be things she needs help with- whether she realizes it or not. Read more

Keeping Shabbat

Shabbat CandlesIt used to feel strange that I was the one who wanted to celebrate Shabbat each week. After all, I was the one in the house who wasn’t Jewish. I hadn’t converted yet, so I was spared the witty remarks about the “zeal of the convert.” Still, at first I was hesitant to press the issue.

One day it occurred to me that not wanting to raise the kids in the faith I’d had as a child did not mean I wanted to raise them in a faith in name only. No way was I raising a bunch of secular Jews. I wanted them to have traditions and memories of family time that were associated with Judaism. Read more

Conversion

I never intended to become Jewish. When I read the interfaith books that were available before my marriage and realized that many times they’d been written by women who had converted after years of marriage, I vowed I’d always maintain my identity. It wasn’t until years later that I began to understand what might have led those women to make the decision they had. Read more