Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Judaic Tomorrow

Thirty years ago last month as part of my Confirmation ceremony, I vowed to “guarantee a Judaic tomorrow.” Yes, sure, I support synagogue life – both personally and professionally – and yes, two summers ago, I did help shepherd hundreds of Jewish teens through the remnants of the eastern Europe of our grandparents and great-grandparents, but beyond that, have I actually done anything in the last three decades to really, truly “guarantee a Judaic tomorrow?!” As a 40-something with no children, I have to admit that the answer is, “No, not so much.”

Today, however, I served as a witness to a conversion and although my participation involved little more than sitting through a short service in which the new Jew by choice publicly affirmed her decision to join the people Israel, I do feel that in those few minutes I played a teeny, tiny role in helping to guarantee a Judaic tomorrow. You can read more about the experience here.