Kristin reading from the Torah

How I Came to Embrace My Important Role in Judaism

Why my role as a Japanese American convert to Judaism is invaluable

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Kristin's conversion

Converting Meant Adding Judaism, Not Losing Japanese

My journey to Judaism started long before I met my now-husband Bryan, but my interest in it deepened because of him and his Jewish heritage. I’ve always been interested in learning about my Japanese heritage, so when Bryan and I started discussing our future together, I was quietly interested in conversion early on.

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Leading the Way Through Unfamiliar Terrain: The Bar Mitzvah Year

Personal narrative from?a Jew-by-choice who shares her advice from a stressful year of planning her son?s bar mitzvah.

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How I Honored My (Sort of) Christian Parents at My Jewish Wedding

Personal narrative about how a couple planned their Jewish wedding carefully, so as to include the non-Jewish, atheist parents.

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Blessings: Immersion in the Mikveh for Conversion

The blessings said when immersing in a mikveh for the purposes of converting to Judaism.

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Choosing to Convert, Yet Hesitant

One woman’s personal narrative of struggling with her conversion.

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If the Book of Ruth Were Written Today

If the Book of Ruth, text customarily studied on Shavuot, were written with today’s interfaith couples in mind…

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Naming the Stranger: A Defining Interfaith Moment

Behold, the power of a name! What we can learn from the biblical ‘ger toshav,’ the stranger who dwells among us, when preparing for an interfaith wedding.

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“My Dad Converted” and Other Questions

How do we talk to teens about religion? About their religious identity? About their parent’s conversion?

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Conversion, Shared Spirituality and the Memorial Prayer

After the author converted to Judaism, shared experiences and art helped her connect to her mother’s spirituality and, ultimately, led to a beautiful and moving funeral.

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