“I always feel the most in touch with my Judaism when I’m in nature, surrounded by trees, on the beach, taking hikes, watching the sunrise and sunset.”
“I didn't expect to find such a vibrant Persian Jewish community at Berkeley Hillel.”
I knew South Carolina didn’t have a big Jewish population, and I was worried I wouldn’t see another Jewish person for the next four years.
“When I came out as nonbinary, I distanced myself from my Jewish community. I wasn’t sure how people would react.”
“I grew up in an interfaith family, with a Jewish father and a Christian mother, and my parents decided to raise me Christian. I was baptized, I had communion, but I never really identified with Christianity, nor had much of a choice in practicing it. I wasn’t supposed to be questioning my practices and beliefs, […]
“I had culture shock when I moved with my family from a kibbutz in Israel — one that only spanned two streets — to Wisconsin.”
“My dad is Jewish, and my mom is Filipino Catholic. Growing up, I felt pressured by my Jewish relatives to only focus on my Judaism and forget about the other parts of my identity.”
“I was adopted as a child, but I knew my chances of developing breast cancer were high.”
“I was enrolled in a Catholic school, where I was the only Jewish and Eastern European student.”
Nowadays, I’m not scared to tell people that I’m adopted and Jewish anymore.