At her daughter's bat mitzvah, she felt silenced by her congregation's prohibition against non-Jews speaking during services.
Maybe it is not such a bad thing that my Chinese appearance means I can't so easily leave behind the fact that I was previously intermarried.
Her husband's openness to having a Christmas tree made the difference in her decision to make a Jewish home.
When I accompanied my children to their conversion, I felt excluded. Many years later, when I became a Jew, I felt warmly welcomed.
In college, Debbie's only connection to Judaism was her boyfriend. At her 25th reunion, she was Jewish, and she wanted all her Jewish college classmates to know.
Debbie is studying for conversion, and thinks her 15-year-old Jewish daughter shouldn't date non-Jews.
She was stunned to discover that the Jewish community that welcomed her warmly did not consider her a member.