Friday, June 01, 2007

Sheyna goes bowling: Tales from a blogger bash

What do you do when you're interested in Judaism and your staunchly Lutheran mother is adamantly opposed to your notion of conversion? Simple: You involve your friends in a conspiracy of silence. You enroll in a Friday-night bowling league, and, when your buddies pick you up in the car, you have them drop you off at the local non-Orthodox synagogue and pick you up on the way home from the bowling alley!

This, I heard at a blogger mini-bash
Which really was one heck of a smash

When I found out that Sheyna was in town,
I figured that, while she was around,
we should try to get together, even if it was just us two
So off we went to Deli Kasbah in kosher-restaurant land
(After St. Paul, MN, New York's glatt spots are grand)
And we took rather more than a few good looks
in West Side Judaica, where our author/publisher was delighted to see so many Jewish books
and took a short stroll in Riverside Park
just as it was getting dark
Then went to her hotel and chewed the kosher fat 'til midnight, Jew to Jew :)

A good laugh was had by all
when each of us her own husband did call
and announce, giggling, "I'm in a hotel room with a friend"
Of that little stunt, neither of us will probably ever hear the end :)

P.S. A little digging into the family history revealed that the Lutheran mother's mother, raised by Christian Scientist relatives after her mother's early death, had been born to a Jewish mother! A lost "tribe" has been found--or, rather, has found herself, and us.


Blogger Alex in Miami said...

It's kind of funny, but almost without exception (occasional exceptions to arise), but when I meet someone interested in Judaism and is considering conversion, they find out, after family harassment that the embarrassment is a Jewish grandparent in there. Often, after a few years of exploring it half-assed, they find out it's their maternal grandmother, and they are Jewish without conversion, and then normally take a real interest in practicing Judaism to some extent.

We had that in college... Jewish fraternity, would occasionally get non-Jews interested in learning about that part of the family heritage... more often than not, they are in fact Jewish...

Mon Jun 04, 01:13:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Sheyna said...

Cool - and in rhyme no less!

I'm SO glad we got to meet, and really, really enjoyed my time in NY. I miss it.

Thank you so much for the tour and the friendship!

Mon Jun 04, 07:13:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Sheyna, I'm glad you enjoyed my so-called poetry. :) It was really great seeing you in person. It's good to be able to talk with a long-distance friend face to face.

Alex, I don't know how true it is that most Jews by Choice have Jewish blood, but it's certainly interesting when that turns out to be the case.

Tue Jun 05, 11:52:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Alex in Miami said...

Shira, not all, but many do... Especially when you consider real Gerim, those that seek out Judaism for its own merits, not so their boyfriend's secular Jewish parents will stop complaining.

Wed Jun 06, 11:28:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Well, Alex as you know, I'm a bit of a skeptic. :) I'd be interested in seeing statistics showing how many Jews by Choice/Gerim have Jewish ancestors. In any case, I'm happy to see others choose Judaism.

Fri Jun 08, 12:20:00 AM 2007  

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