Do you attend Church? Synagogue? A Mosque? Do you attend, on any regular basis, or do you belong to your local house of worship?
We joined a Synagogue when my son was in Kindergarten as I needed him to go to Hebrew School! I had decided our son would be raised in my religion, and since I am the mom, that’s my choice!
So we tried out a temple that was around the corner. I knew for religious training it would not work for us as those classes were Sunday mornings 9 am-12. It would not work for me to choose something that would interfere with my spouse’s family visits.
We ended up at the Temple that we had been to when our son was 9 months old, where we started the conversion process: as an adopted child who’s birth mom was not Jewish, there were a few steps that we needed to do to convert him. We did not expect to be back at this Synagogue, but it is where we were guided to!
And I am so grateful that this is where we ended up! My son is in his 6th year of Hebrew School, and at this point there are 6 other children from his elementary school that also attend. There are kids from his various summer camp experiences, and also some from old baseball teams. I have written before how I love the community aspect of our NYC life, and this is a perfect example of that!
And we love our Synagogue! As everyone should, you must absolutely love your house of worship! If you do not go to the best Church or Mosque or Synagogue, etc, then join another ! You should always feel you belong to the best, in my humble opinion.
And now my son has to go to weekend services as part of his religious instruction, as he gets ready to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah. Yes, I got the Bar Mitzvah date last year, it is very competitive, I got the last Saturday that was available in May, 2016!
And if I asked you to guess who enjoys the Junior Congregation services the most, would you guess my Catholic husband? Of course! He loves listening to Phil, the guy from the Synagogue that leads the kids in Sabbath learning. And well he should, after all, the Jewish Bible is Part 1 of the Catholic Bible! But it is really all about Phil, he makes the service so accessible, so interesting for all of us! Last week he referenced Professor Dumbledore and the Harry Potter world to explain something to the kids. What a brilliant way to get and keep the kids (and my) attention! The next week he mentioned the WWE and I went right up afterwards and let him know that we came to services because we had to, but we stayed because of him. I always like to acknowledge the positive to balance out how often I complain about stuff!
I am thrilled that we found the House of Worship that we found, and I hope you are thrilled with yours as well!