Welcoming the Sabbath

The personal narrative of a woman who worked at the Muesam of Jewish Heratige and felt out of place before adopting a Jewish lifestyle.

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Sinai At Sea

She was happy to take her recently widowed mother on a cruise, but did it have to be on such a meaningful Jewish holiday?

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Night and Fog

The personal narrative of a woman who was raised Catholic, but had a Jewish father, and her experience taking classes about the Holocaust during college.

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She Wanted You to Have It — A Young Adult Novel of Jewish Identity

A young adult novel describes a 12-year-old child of interfaith marriage coming to terms with the death of her Jewish grandmother.

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Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life By the Waters of Babylon

Article about how a Catholic woman’s decision to convert to Judaism opened up her father, born Jewish, to talking about his Jewish past for the first time.

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Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life: Sisters, Set in Stone

A personal narrative from an unmarried convert to Judaism who was godmother to her committed Catholic sister’s child.

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Once a Jew, Always a Shiksa?

The personal narrative of a woman converted to Judaism and her disapproval of the word

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Home Treif Home

The personal narrative of a woman who has recently converted to Judaism and is struggling to create a Jewish environment in her new home.

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Hadassah

The personal narrative of a woman of an interfaith family who was raised Catholic but decided to convert to Judaism, like her grandmother had, after being feeling connected at a Bar Mitzvah and years of study of her heritage.

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Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life: Havdalah

Personal narrative by a Jew-by-choice whose relationship with a Jewish man ended over differences in how observant to be–he called her “too Jewish.”

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Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life: The Only Starfish

Personal narrative by Jew-by-choice about her boyfriend’s break up with her because, even though she planned to convert, in his mind she would never be really Jewish.

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Justice, Justice Begins at Home

The personal narrative of a politically active woman of interfaith families who attributes her activism to the values both parents taught her and links those values to Judaism.

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Honoring My Mother

The personal narrative of a woman trying to choose a Hebrew name for her conversion, while honoring both her Jewish and non-Jewish family.

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A Joyful Noise

The personal narrative of a woman who ran into difficulties due to inaccurate inferences based on her last name.

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Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life: Jewish Geography

Personal narrative by a Jew-by-choice wondering what it is that makes her Jewish.

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Orpah: A Shout-Out for Shavuot

The story of Ruth is so often used to show that welcoming

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The Ghosts of Christmas Past

After converting to Judaism, the author was surprised to find that she still misses Christmas—a lot.

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Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life Etz Chayim, the Tree of Life

Personal narrative from a Jew-by-choice coming to terms with giving up Christmas.

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The Sunday Seder

Personal narrative?by a Jew-by-choice whose non-Jewish family offered to celebrate Passover with her, but who did not know exactly how to run a seder.

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Low Holy Days

Personal narrative about how a Jew-by-choice found a feeling of family and community among other Jews-by-choice when her Jewish-by-birth boyfriend avoided synagogue life.

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At the Crossroads

Her relatives didn’t realize that they had invited her to witness their marriage in church on the Day of Atonement.

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Three Days of Shiva and a Catholic Mass

Her father had jettisoned his Judaism; she converted to reclaim it. Now he was dead–how would she mourn him?

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Mourner’s Kaddish

Personal narrative of a Jew-by-choice describing her questions, thoughts and emotions at the funeral of her beloved Catholic aunt.  She feels connected to her family through experience and to her aunt through faith, regardless of religion.

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Balancing the Books

Personal narrative?from a Jew-by-choice who sometimes feels more Catholic than Jewish, especially when the High Holidays remind her of elements of Catholicism that bothered her.

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