Any Jewish nurses??

  1. There seem to be tons of proud Christian nurses here - which is great, any faith is good faith as far as I'm concerned.

    But where are my Jewish nurses???
    Anyone?

    I'm planning on converting soon... I just wanted to make sure I wasn't alone!!
    Can I get a shalom?

    That rhymed :chuckle:
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   AAHZ
    shalom
  4. by   Cassiggity
    Do you observe holidays?
    Is your work good about it?
  5. by   AAHZ
    Not really. Like you, I'm new at it.
  6. by   lucianne
    Wow, conversion is difficult. Are you planning to join a Reformed, Conservative, or Orthodox synagogue? I'm not Jewish, but my sister converted to Orthodox Judaism several years ago (and now has 3 boys, 3, 2, and 6 months. Oy vey!) I would think that if you were willing to work the Christmas holidays you could pretty much write you own ticket for Rosh Shoshanah and Yom Kippur. Are you going to observe Shabbos strictly? That could be a problem.

    luci
  7. by   AAHZ
    Very hard.
    There is a temple here, but no Rabbi. I'v done alot of the education on-line.
  8. by   lucianne
    My sister went to a two week seminar somewhere that was sponsored by Lubbovitch and learned a lot that way. Even though it's been 5 years since she converted she's still unsure about a lot of things. I think she worries that she will be judged if she does the least little thing "wrong." Any chance you could move somewhere with a rabbi?

    luci
  9. by   eltrip
    Hey AAHZ, I want to know...how do you take the classes online? Conversion is something I've been considering over the past couple of years.

    Lucianne, is your sister still in contact with the Rabbi who assisted her with her conversion? My uncle's wife converted a year or two ago & she is still in contact with the Rabbi who assisted her. He performed their wedding ceremony in May. It was a thing of beauty! Is your sister's husband also Jewish? If so, he might be able to assist her with some of her questions. My uncle helps his wife with many of hers. While I was at their home for their wedding, I had the opportunity to read a book that provided insight for those who converted. One of the ideas presented was that of another woman/family at the Temple "adopting" the person who had converted, providing assistance & answering questions about unfamiliar customs. Perhaps this would be a possiblity for your sister?
  10. by   Cassiggity
    I haven't yet decided between Conservative and Reform. I know the loveliest Rabbi in a Reform synagogue, but she lives back in VA (I just moved to Rhode Island).

    I think if it was a problem with work, I could skip services. I have a feeling I'll go out of my way to observe things at home so I don't feel guilty about missing services.

    Or I'll just decide which holidays are the most important. Like, I could work Rosh Hashanah, but not Yom Kippur.

    I live right behind a Jewish Hospital. I'm sure some of the nurses have to be Jewish. I should go ask them. Then I can go to the synagogue next door and ask about conversion.
  11. by   Gomer
    As a born and raised Jewess I'm just wondering...why do you want to become a member of the Jewish faith?
  12. by   Cassiggity
    Well, back when I was 15 or so, I was really looking for some kind of spiritual outlet. I went to church with my friend - I went there for a long time, actually. Tried really hard to be a good Christian. But it kind of... it didn't feel right. And the more I studied the New Testament, the more I began to doubt that Jesus was the Messiah. So I started reading about Judaism and stuff...

    Then, I met my boyfriend. When we started dating, I didn't know he was Jewish (he doesn't really practice). But he invited me over for Shabbat dinner and I was like - wow, this is it. Everything about it seemed so simple, yet so holy... like, those are the same prayers that have been prayed for 5000 years.

    I don't know, I just liked it.

    So I started coming over every Shabbat, and for Holidays.
    And that was two years ago!!

    Eventually I know I have to take the time to formally convert, learn Hebrew, study the Torah. I know I can't just practice the prayers and eat Lox.

    But Judaism is more than a religion, it's also a culture. A nice one. And though I may not be accepted by the strict Orthodox (My mother is Irish Catholic!!), I'm willing to become a Jew.

    Oh, you wanted the long answer, right?
  13. by   Gomer
    Interesting. Conversion is a long fairly complicated process...I wish you luck and Mazel tov!
  14. by   lucianne
    My sister's husband was raised Conservative but he has a brother who is Lubbovitch (Orthodox). The brother told them that if they married and my sister didn't become Orthodox, he would never acknowledge the marriage or the children. While my sister was never a strong Christian, I don't think she would have become Orthodox if not for the brother's attitude. Now they live and are raising their children as Orthodox Jews.

    I was not impressed by the rabbi who assisted with her conversion and I doubt they're still in touch. They had to fly him from New York to Miami for the the wedding and he didn't have the courtesy to let anyone know when he'd arrived. He showed up in the hotel about 20 minutes before the ceremony was due to start. He rushed through the ceremony and acted like he was bored with the whole thing. My parents had no idea what was going on--my poor dad stood on the women's side because he thought he was supposed to be with the bride and the chuppah was so low you couldn't see him (everyone else was short!). Someday I'll write that wedding into a short story or as part of a book--it was bizarre, it was like something out of a Fellini movie.

    I like the idea of having someone "adopt" my sister, though; her husband doesn't know a whole lot more about being observant than she does.

    luci

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