When Jamie returned from her Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, she felt overwhelmed by the potential of what Judaism could offer her.
"I was desperately seeking a rabbi. I had met Ben before and decided to talk to him. I didn’t realize that rabbis didn’t have to be 90 years old and speak only Hebrew. They could be regular people willing to teach in a way that I wanted to learn. Whenever I went into Ben’s office, it was like going into a big brother’s room… like entering a safe space.
Because I’m very into women’s rights and work to ensure that everyone has access to the health care they need. Ben showed me different examples in the Torah of women’s rights, marriage equality, and how Judaism views relationships. It was the Judaism that I always wanted to learn. It helped me to align my personal values with those of my religion."