Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781589662094 Published October 2010

The Choice

Converts to Judaism Share Their Stories

Arnine Cumsky Weiss and Carol Weiss Rubel

Arnine Cumsky Weiss and Carol Weiss Rubel

Distributed for University of Scranton Press

280 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781589662094 Published October 2010

In The Choice, Arnine Cumsky Weiss and Carol Weiss Rubel present the stories of forty-five converts to Judaism. These reflective narratives demonstrate that no two converts’ experiences are alike, yet most share some common characteristics: a spiritual uneasiness, fear, doubt, and a gradual development of spiritual and intellectual understanding and acceptance of conversion. The stories in The Choice will be a source of inspiration and affirmation for anyone who is struggling with a conversion decision or knows someone who is.

Contents

Forewords

 

Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

Rabbi Lawrence Sebert

 

Introductions

 

Carol Weiss Rubel

Arnine Cumsky Weiss

 

Part One: The Choice in Early Adulthood

 

Bashert

From an interview with Paul Bardunias

 

One Hundred Percent

From an interview with Sara Collins

 

Hal

From an interview with Hillel Toby Markowitz

 

Better Roads, Better Cars, Stronger Laws

From an interview with Ned O’Malia, PhD

 

South of the Border

From an interview with Yoshi

 

The Philadelphia Story

From an interview with William H. McCaulley

 

A Tugging Soul

By Kevin Cischke

 

Spinoza’s Reconstructionist

By William Morris

 

Conversion Is Different When You’ve Grown Up Jewish

By Sue Fishkoff

 

I Did What I Was

By Alice Levine, MD

 

Born Identity

By Darcy Rachel Fryer

 

I Got It!

From an interview with Kristine Henriksen Garroway

 

Heroic Journey

From an interview with Katherine Gergen-Barnett

 

My Glass House

By Johanna Karasik

 

A “Jewish-Looking” Soul

By Danielle Freni

 

Part Two: The Choice in Adulthood through Midlife

 

Southern Belle

From an interview with Keleigh Arian

 

Inheritance

From an interview with Michael Grimshaw

 

Love at First Sight

From an interview with Jane Hirsch

 

We Shall do and We Shall Hear

By Suzette Jacobs

 

Expect Miracles

From an interview with Barbara Pesarchik Jacobsen

 

In the Beginning

From an interview with Devorah Goodman

 

The Strangers Among Us

From an interview with Susan Balfus

 

Understood Backwards—Lived Forwards

From an interview with Susan Kalman and Moriah Mulligan

 

Return

By Stephen L. Gomes, PhD

 

Embryonic Journey

From an interview with Vanessa Kaukonen

 

The Right Thing to Do

From an interview with Edward S. Andrews, Jr.

 

From Sinai to Scranton: A Twenty-Year Trip

From an interview with Charlotte and Larry Milliken

 

Not Yet

From an interview with Jenny Schwartz

 

Commitment

From an interview with Joan Logan

 

My Father’s Daughter

From an interview with Susanna Bush Manstein

 

Synchronically Jewish

From an interview with Patricia Power

 

Keeping Pace

From an interview with Trish McCauley

 

The Violinist

From an interview with Patti Schwartz

 

Gas Mask

By Stephanie McMahon-Kaye

 

Rocking the Cradle

By Carol Weiss Rubel

 

Part Three: The Choice to Do More

 

My Journey

From an interview with Tiffany Anderson Gordon

 

Choosing

By Arthur Van Cleve Lanckton

 

Our People

By Anne Johnson

 

The Cantor

From an interview with Angela Warnick Buchdahl

 

The Rabbi

From an interview with Rabbi Jennifer Jaech

 

The Learning Never Stopped

By Nance Morris Adler

 

Reclaiming My Heritage

From an interview with Frank Tamburello

 

The Afterlife, After Christianity

By Rabbi John Crites-Borak

 

Part Four: Witness—Guides

 

Guiding the Convert Home

By Rabbi Robert Layman

 

From Rabbi’s Desk

By Rabbi Joseph F. Mendlesohn

 

Glossary

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