What does it mean to be a Jew? 

Do Jews living in the United States identify as Jews first and then Americans, or visa versa?

Having been born in Israel, my Jewishness seems to be a part of who I am as a person.  I have always felt that the history of the Jews and my family’s part in that history has informed my Jewishness. I can’t imagine myself being anything but Jewish.

I may not keep Kosher, or attend services every single week, but I never forget that the Sh’ma was uttered in their dying breath by those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our faith.

No matter how each one of us chooses to participate in Jewish life, it is important that we do it as a part of a Jewish community.  It is only by being a part of the larger community can we insure the continuity of the Jewish people.


Jan Lowe, Ritual Chair