a place where we would be comfortable
"A few years ago
we saw an ad in the Plain Dealer for something called ‘A Taste of Judaism,’ and
it sounded interesting to Gregg and me," said Joy Pahls about her first
experience with TINT.
Neither of us was
satisfied with our religious backgrounds, and even though we had been married
in a church, we were looking not only for a religion, but for a place where we
would be comfortable and where we would appreciate the religion."
"We were studying
Judaism at home, and included our two children, Kyra, 9, and Griffin, 7, in the
study so they would have some idea of what we were considering,"Gregg added.
The Pahls, who
live in Ravenna, may have the longest commute of any TINT members, but that
didn’t deter them from taking the next step.
They spoke and met
with Rabbi Matt and began the conversion process. The entire family went to the
mikveh, and participated in the ritual immersion required.
The next step?
wedding vows under the chuppah, with Rabbi Matt doing the honors. The Ketubah,
the marriage agreement, hangs on the wall of their Ravenna home.
In spite of the
distance between Ravenna and Mayfield Heights, the two children attend Sunday
School, with Griffin in second grade and Kyra in fourth grade. Both Joy and
Gregg attend temple activities whenever possible.
It seems that "taste" of Judaism has become a full-blown meal.
and Joy Pahls