Last year, I participated in my rabbi's brainchild concocted to get more people to come to the Yom Kippur afternoon service. Basically, five other people and I wrote five minute speeches detailing exactly why we were Jews. It seems to be gaining in popularity, so the rabbi is getting what he wanted. However, my participation seems to have yielded an interesting opportunity.
I believe it was two weeks ago that I got a message from my mother saying that one of our local papers was doing a piece about the people who spoke at the service last year. So I called the reporter and did my thing-- and by my thing, I mean that I babbled for about fifteen minutes to a total stranger about things that I normally keep to myself. Cringe.
So, anyway, the article came out today, complete with a picture of yours truly sitting with a handful of shwarma in the Parisian Jewish quarter. Two of my fellow speakers also responded, so it wasn't a "Kate Show," which keeps my community from thinking that I'm totally egotistical.
Here's a bit of the article. You can find my section of the article and picture by clicking on the link.
Time for reflection: Why they are Jews
Jewish holidays are a time to think about faith.
MELISSA NANN BURKE
Daily Record/Sunday News
A month of reflection, Elul, precedes the Jewish High Holy Days. Again this year, Rabbi Irwin N. Goldenberg has asked a diverse group at Temple Beth Israel to reflect on what it means to be Jewish.
The group will speak during a 3 p.m. Yom Kippur service Saturday in York Township.
Among the lay people who spoke last fall were an immigrant, a college student and a secular Jew...
You can find the rest of it on the York Daily Record website or by the link.