Back in 2018, I met a woman active in the Jewish community here in Cleveland, OH, where I live. As we shared stories about our lives and how we got involved in Jewish engagement, I learned that she grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, her family only marginally connected to Judaism. She told me that when Detroit chose to desegregate the public schools, her parents, seized with the uncertainty of what this change might bring, resolved to send her to Jewish day school beginning in sixth grade.
That move changed the future trajectory of her life. At 12, she began to find not just... Read More