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Jews by Choice at Beth Yeshurun

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Congregation Beth Yeshurun

4525 Beechnut St

Houston, TX 77096

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As many of you know, for the past 12 years we have had two Jews by Choice speak at our Yom Kippur afternoon services to share their enthusiasm for Judaism with the rest of our congregation. Every year I hear from so many people how meaningful it is for them to see Judaism through your eyes. How refreshing it is for them to learn why Judaism is so meaningful to someone who wasn’t raised Jewish.

Your passion for Judaism is (thank goodness) contagious. Your becoming part of the Jewish people has enriched our community. And I have wanted to find a way to do something to give back to you, to offer something more for your commitment and support. This year, we are going to try something new. We are planning three special Sunday morning brunches just for you.

First, you will have an opportunity to meet with other Jews by Choice who have joined over the past several years.There will be some informal socializing time to get to know others who may have similar interests or are in similar stages of life (newly married, with kids of different ages, or empty-nesters, etc.).

Second, we want to hear from you what your experience has been since becoming Jewish. In small groups (around a table) you will have an opportunity to share whatever you are comfortable sharing about reactions from others (family, friends, other Jews). You may find that your experiences are not so different from others. (Or maybe your experiences have been different.) This may be a useful opportunity to share ideas with others who can identify with your spiritual journey.

Third, we would like to learn from you what else we can do for you. Perhaps you want to engage with our Sisterhood, or 100 Jewish Men, or be more involved in one of our new Social Action programs, or do Jewish mindfulness meditation. Or, you may want to learn more about Jewish prayers, or how to cook Jewish foods, or prepare for certain Jewish holidays, or learn Hebrew. Whatever it is you would like to get involved in, we want to help make that happen.

I hope you are able to join us,

Rabbi Steven Morgen

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Houston, TX 77096

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