“If Gayle were interested in converting, then you’d have a chance. Before we met, devout Christian that she was, she wasn’t planning on spending her life with a Jew. Gayle’s not quite the devout Christian she used to be.
But as things stand now, it won’t work.” I walked out of the rabbi’s office, asking myself what I should do next. Harold in the Air Force The rabbi’s three awful parting words were the only answer that came to me. But we fell in love, and suddenly it didn’t matter that I grew up in New York and she grew up on a farm near Peoria. At the church, she’s been connecting more and more to the music and less and less to the religion.
) I'm speaking right now to several Reform and Renewal rabbis and cantors (Reform clergy will perform intermarriages where the children are promised to be raised Jewish, and Renewal clergy get to make up their minds — which all clergy do to some extent, anyway).One day, she realized that her only attachment to the church was performing music there.And so she stopped working at the church and found other outlets for her music.We moved to an Orthodox community where we could walk to synagogue on Shabbat. “It won’t work” no longer applied to who we had become.And then one October Sunday morning, the moment finally arrived.
Joseph’s story shows us that no matter what things looked like yesterday, today can be different. Gayle and I drew inspiration from the stories we read of ministers, priests and others who had traveled from great spiritual distances to become Orthodox Jews.