Tablet Magazine's "The Minyan" - roundtables on the state of the American Jewish community - today brings together converts to Judaism. There are lots of insights and opinions from 10 regular people "about why they chose to become Jews, where they have and haven't felt welcome, and what they think about everything from brisket to wearing a Star of David." Read the article here.
"My choice to become a Jew was really one of joy because I felt it was so freeing and liberating. It was giving me tools to actually concentrate on the here and now—the world in which you’re living—rather the faith in which I’d been raised, which put so much credence in thinking about the afterlife, where faith mattered more than your actions. Reform Judaism, to me, was so exciting because it gave credence to saying, 'Let’s stay current and think about—be active about—the world in which we live, making it a better place and thereby fulfilling the commandment of tikkun olam,' which is so powerful for me," shared one participant.