I consider myself a dedicated yet anxious Jewish mom. I’m dedicated because I would like my children to have a Jewish upbringing that connects them to our collective stories, history, and values – and I’m anxious because I’m never quite sure whether I’m accomplishing that goal.
For children, traditions and rituals are significant; they provide predictability, support, and familiarity, while bringing families together and creating unity and a sense of belonging.
Despite growing up in a Jewish household, it was not until high school that my Judaism really shaped my life’s path.
When my term as youth group president ended, I was not ready to stop my social action and community building efforts, so I decided to run for the local board of education.