“During my sophomore year at Tufts University I was registering for classes when I came upon an offering that looked interesting: “Intro to Judaism.” I had grown up in San Francisco with a typical reform Jewish upbringing. I had attended Hebrew school, gathered with family for Friday Shabbat dinners, and had attended more bar and bat mitzvahs than I could count. Considering myself quite the experienced and learned young Jew, I thought to myself: “Intro to Judaism, now there’s an easy A!” How wrong I was.
That semester lit in me a fire to learn more about the collective Jewish story and to go deeper. I declared a second major in Judaic Studies and eventually found my way to the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Summer Community Leadership Program in Jerusalem.”
Read the complete op-ed on Times of Israel