Posted on: June 29, 2011
Guess what! There’s a Date! Okay, not an actual date with numbers but a time frame. Just as I’d hoped-I will officially join the Jewish People before Rosh Hashanah. This year, Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown on September 28th. That gives me exactly 3 months to lose weight so that when I’m naked in front of the Mikvah Lady she doesn’t think I’m fat.
What? You know you’ve thought this. Especially if you’re a woman and if you’re a woman who hasn’t thought this you are a better woman than I. I’m spinning my wheels so let me back up. Yesterday I met with my conversion rabbi and we agreed that before Rosh Hashanah I would go to the beit din, to the mikvah, and become Jewish. There are a few tasks at hand to take care of before that not having to do with my desire to be slender for the mikvah. First and most important is finding a shul.
I’ve been shul shopping for a year and frankly, I haven’t found the one that’s just right. It’s a bit like Goldie Locks and the bears. I’ve found some too hot, I’ve found some too cold, I’ve found tepid shuls, luke warm shuls but I’ve yet to find one that is just right. Luckily, this lack of job situation leaves me with Shabbat open and therefore lots of Fridays and Saturdays to shul shop.
Like regular shopping I have a list.
Shul Shopping List
-Close to/relatively close to home or close to a subway line that’s close to home
-A feeling of welcome and openness
-Diversity and Inclusiveness
-Real Outreach and involvement in the community
-Active and Vibrant community
-Spiritually challenging and inspiring
-A sense of awe and wonder about Judaism
Finding the shul that is just right is my number one summer priority. Hitting the park and running to drop much needed lbs is just icing on the cake. Ohhh, cupcakes