By Shelby Kleiman
by Robin Matthews, Jewish Learning Venture Program Administrator
by Lettie Switzer
Almost ten years ago, my husband Jason and I had dinner with a Jewish couple who were singers in the same opera Jason was performing in at the time. We've always been very interested in different beliefs and practices (I attended and researched over 20 different churches in college), but had considered ourselves to be basically agnostic since high school. So in speaking with this couple, we became interested in Judaism, not for the purpose of converting, but just because a lot of their practices seemed interesting (such as kashrut).
by Sharon Rudoy Fishman
I am a Passover Baby. I was born on the second night of the second Seder, with no regard for the ones that were being conducted that night. Apparently, as my mom tells it, I gave rise to the Four Questions in the form of contractions. My family likes to think that I answered that eternal question “Why is this night different from all others?” with my arrival into the world. I think it’s fair to say, the holiday of Pesach has been intertwined into my identity and existence ever since.
by Rachel Loonin
Come Purim time, my fun-loving family gets pretty into it. It's definitely a holiday tailor made for us. As it is, during the year, we are known to wear glitter and feathers in a relatively passable manner to synogogue, so Purim is a good fit. One of the things we love doing as part of the mitzvot for the holiday is giving mishloach manot, gifts of food packages.
by Robyn Cohen, Director, PJ Library in Philadelphia
When I was younger our family enjoyed celebrating Shabbat with family friends. Together we sat around the table, enjoyed delicious chicken soup, shared stories and laughed. I always loved the beautiful ceramic napkin rings, smiling faces and the warm conversation that drifted throughout the house long after dinner ended.
By Glenn, a jkidphilly Dad
Lisa & I began volunteering with the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) in 2010, packing and delivering food. JRA was started here by the Lubavitch Center 16 years ago, and now delivers over 3,200 boxes monthly of food in Philadelphia and New Jersey. It also now operates in 5 other metropolitan areas. They deliver 4,300 boxes per month throughout the USA to both Jewish and non-Jewish families.