“After I became a bat mitzvah, I let Judaism fade into the background of my life.”
“People would always ask me what kind of Jew I was. Orthodox? Conservative? Reform? I always said, ‘I’m just a Mizrahi Jew, and that’s good enough.’”
“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 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 have the Hebrew word chai tattooed on my arm.”
“I was enrolled in a Catholic school, where I was the only Jewish and Eastern European student.”
“Jewish life centered around the home for me. My family immigrated from India to New York and then moved to North Carolina.”
If someone wants to come into the Hillel community, maybe I’m not the authority on a lot of stuff, but how easy is it for me to open the door or direct someone to the correct location?
When you’re like me and don’t know what stream of Judaism you fall into, you just know you’re Jewish, it’s very easy to just see everyone for who they are — without the labels.
With the help of the Hillel staff, we transformed our main hall into a makeshift theater.