“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.
It was a small, tight-knit community that immediately absorbed us and gave us a respite from the constant pressures at West Point.
“Jewish life centered around the home for me. My family immigrated from India to New York and then moved to North Carolina.”
“My time as a cadet ended when I began studying cybersecurity at Towson University, but I wanted to find a way to continue my support of our military. And Towson Hillel gave me an opportunity to do that.”