David and I began our Jewish journey together a few years ago when we started visiting local synagogues. We ended up enrolling in a class that sounded like a full immersion into Jewish life without realizing we actually were joining a class of intended converts. We thought it would be neat to learn Hebrew and get an in-depth Jew 101 picture. Enrolling in these classes ended up being one of the best things we’ve done together as a couple.
We learned more than we ever imagined, we have brought many Jewish elements into our daily lives, and David made the decision to convert last May. We also ended up with a solid group of like-minded Jewish peers who we now cherish. Before the B’nai Mitzvah, the ceremony for the students who decided to convert, we hosted a brunch for the class at our home so we could all spend some time together in an informal setting, sharing our stories of our paths to Judaism.
It actually started as a coffee date for myself, David, and Cantor Shula to get to know her better, and because she was interested in hearing our story. We invited her to our home instead of planning to meet elsewhere, and by the next week we had decided to just invite the whole class. Everybody was excited to hear each other’s stories anyway, and we all know I love a good party!
Shula does not keep kosher, but does avoid pork. She is also a singer and strives to preserve her voice, so she also avoids dairy. Even though none of us keep kosher on a regular basis, I wanted to set up a brunch that would follow the basic rules of kashrut.
I also made challah for my first time! It came out quite nice looking if I do say so myself. The dough was a bit dense, but I think I can improve that with practice.