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I am a Jew by choice who converted in the Conservative movement in Argentina. By no means will Orthodox Jews ever consider me a Jew, probably not even all Conservative Jews, as I am certainly more inclined to Reconstructionist views and style. It bothers me, but I have to live with that. I definitely do not feel I belong with people who show disdain for patrilineal Jews or non-Orthodox Jews by choice while granting an unquestioned Jewishness to matrilineal Jews who do not identify themselves as Jews in the first place. Nor do I believe there is only one valid way of Jewish identity. it is harsh at times, but I do just what you do: look for inclusive communities that promote religious, cultural and spiritual practices I resonate with. Labels are just labels. I have not converted for them, although shrugging off people who consider themselves entitled to labeling and judging is still something I have a very hard time doing. You are raising a strong, caring daughter in a nurturing community. Do not let any unwelcome labelers take that huge pride away from you.
So much damage is done by the holier-than-thou of every stripe. We attended a wedding where the Rabbi decided to lecture congregants about marrying “out.” I had a long email correspondence with him about how inappropriate that was and how negative toward Judaism. Not surprisingly, he didn’t recant a word. Now, through my Jewish holiday products and online community, I hope to be one of the positive voices that says “c’mon in, the water’s warm.” So sorry you’ve had to endure this unnecessary . . . stuff.
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