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  • Writer's pictureLeah Jones

Sneaking into the sisterhood.

My temple as a Sisterhood and a Brotherhood. I can’t exactly join things (or the temple) until I’m actually jewish. That means 8 more months of saying, “I’m not a member yet.”

Last night I snuck into sisterhood service. I walked into the oneg and nobody was serving coffee. Two people were serving punch, but there was nobody to serve coffee. I do better socially if I’m serving food–it is what I do for a living–so I’d rather stand behind the coffee table than try and mingle with people.

I met some new people by serving coffee. People who had seen me before and wondered if I was a new member, who was I again? Had we met at _______ event? I have met a lot of new and wonderful people since December. Last night I chatted with a few new to me people–but who had been members of the temple for over 40 years.

Last night was a Service in Song with Doug Cotler. It was 1/2 concert and 1/2 service and he teaches about jewish music as he introduces songs. It was a great event, but we didn’t do a torah reading and that felt really weird to me. We did a silent version of the amida, but since I still don’t know it I didn’t know when I should be done with it. I sat down after 20 or 30 other people had, but before 170 or so other people.

Check out Doug’s webpage. On top of beautiful versions of traditional songs, new songs of traditional themes, and funny jewish songs. Like “Wasting away in Maneschevitzville.” He’s the Wierd Al of Jewish Parodies.

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