So I’ve been meaning to update this because so much has happened, but the past week has been utterly trying. First the Boston bombing, then the Texas Fire, Earthquakes all over the world….it’s just been tough and insane. There was so much going on in the world that I almost had to “unfollow” CNN, NBC, and ABC News to take a break. I am glad however, that the man hunt is over and that there can be a trial, questions answered, and hopefully closure for some people. I know that for those families and friends that lost someone this past week are struggling and my sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to them that they may find peace and closure eventually.
On a happy and personal note….
On Thursday, April 18, 2013…my life completely changed with one phone call. I had my first phone meeting with Rabbi Drucker, a family friend of Tamara and the Rabbi of B’nai Shalom in Walnut Creek. I was utterly nervous to speak with her because I just had no idea what to expect. I had no idea what she was going to ask, say or how she was going to judge me if at all.
I obviously was letting my imagination get the best of me. With in 5 seconds of the phone call…I was automatically put at ease. There was definitely a connection that was created right off the bat. Talking to her was so easy…I felt like I’ve known her forever and I felt completely safe and unjudged with whatever I opened up to her about. After a bit of chit chat and getting to know one another, she said the magic words “I am honored to be chosen as your Rabbi and invite you to be the new student at my Jews by Choice class”. I literally was speechless…I had to muffle my squeal. I couldn’t stop smiling…it’s official. She emailed me the syllabus and officially welcomed me to start my Jewish journey.
The next day happened to be Shabbat so I decided to attend services at B’nai Shalom which would be my first Conservative synagogue experience. All the other temples that I have visited were reform. I was nervous because I didn’t know what big differences I was going to experience or even what to expect or how people were going to react to me. Once I walked through those doors, I felt like I was home. Every single person went up to me, genuinely welcomed me and told me their name. There was definitely a lot more Hebrew than the Reform services I’m used to and I would get lost once in a while, but a lovely lady named Andy would whisper to me what page we were on. It was the loveliest service I have ever experienced.
After services, Rabbi Drucker asked what my Shabbat dinner plans were, after retorting nothing….she instantly invited me to have Shabbat dinner at her house. I was stunned! I have only physically met this woman for 5 minutes and here she is opening up her home to me to partake in a very big part of Jewish living. I excitedly agreed and headed over. Her husband Brett is an ultimate gem. He is definitely a fantastic human being, as is she. Her friends were absolutely lovely and I just had the time of my life. We talked and talked for hours about everything and anything. I felt so welcomed that I just had the best night in my life. The food that Brett cooked was beyond delicious and the company was better than I could have imagined.
My heart and soul are happy and at home. This is just the beginning. I can’t wait. This is who I am, this is where I belong.