Caitlin Finlayson converted to Judaism in August 2021. She is an associate professor of Geography at the University of Mary Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys woodworking and baking. She is a member of Temple Beth Sholom in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
As interested as I was in Judaism, I had assumed that becoming part of the Jewish community was not an option for me. For a long time, I thought that one could only be part of the Jewish community through Jewish ancestry or marriage to a Jewish partner.