I was adopted from China when I was 1-year-old and raised in Florida. I grew up proud of my Jewish heritage and was active in my local Jewish community.
My mom is an Afro-Latina from the island of Hispaniola. My dad is German and Polish. I was raised Jewish, not overly involved but not unaffiliated, and with Jewish values.
I got involved with Texas Hillel my first year in college through the Latino-Jewish Student Coalition. As a non-Jewish student, I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming everyone was.
“I grew up in an interfaith family. My mom is Catholic, and my dad is Jewish. My parents have given me the freedom and the education to explore both sides of my faith."
This fall, I hosted a queer Shabbat dinner with 22 students. I looked around and realized that of the 22 people, most were both queer and Jewish, and that was really a special moment for me.