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Finding My Voice

At her daughter’s bat mitzvah, she felt silenced by her congregation’s prohibition against those who are not Jewish speaking during services.

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No Longer Intermarried But Still Chinese

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.

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The Only Year We Had a Christmas Tree

Her husband’s openness to having a Christmas tree made the difference in her decision to make a Jewish home.

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A Tale of Two Immersions

When I accompanied my children to their conversion, I felt excluded. Many years later, when I became a Jew, I felt warmly welcomed.

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Standing Up and Being Counted

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.

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Debbie is studying for conversion, and thinks her 15-year-old Jewish daughter shouldn’t date someone who isn’t Jewish.

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The Unofficial Member

She was stunned to discover that the Jewish community that welcomed her warmly did not consider her a member.

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