When Sally, a Midwestern Catholic who hadn’t practiced her religion in years, met Michael, a Jewish New Yorker who hadn’t been inside a synagogue in decades, she didn’t expect that Judaism would become a part of her life in any significant way. Yet the first time she attended synagogue services with her new family, she found her heart filled with a deep spiritual longing.
Ultimately, she found the connection and support she craved in converting to Judaism, something she never expected to do. This book is her warm, tender story, a tale told in the most personal terms. Unsentimental yet filled with small, endearing details such as how her Jewish mother-in-law helped her grow closer to her own mother, the story takes us on Sally’s ten-year journey from alienation to culture shock to inner searching and finally, happily, to Judaism.
Memoir at its best reads like fiction, and this small book will find a comfortable home on the bookshelves of rabbis, converts and their families, those who are part of an interfaith marriage, and everyone who enjoys gaining that touch of wisdom only a good story can provide.
Linda F. Burghardt is a New York-based journalist and author who has contributed commentary, breaking news, and features to major newspapers across the U.S., in addition to having three non-fiction books published. She writes frequently on Jewish topics and is now serving as Scholar-in-Residence at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County.