How NCSY Changed My Life

Posted on August 31, 2017

The author's family in 2016

Each time I finish reading the last page of Ignite Magazine, I am reminded yet again of how I would not be the person I am today without NCSY. This is a thought that surprisingly often wafts its way into

my mind as I sing Shabbos zemiros with my children, stand in front a classroom to teach, or stare at the reflection of a modestly-clad woman in the mirror.  But when I read about the current work of NCSY, inspiration is ignited once again.  The stories are so familiar, so personal, so mine. I, too, am a product of NCSY.

My father converted to Judaism when I was 12. I embraced our lifestyle change and was eager to make new friends and switch to a Jewish day school. This was Atlanta, Georgia in the ’90s and the community was still growing. By the time I reached high school, my small group of friends and I were the Orthodox kids on the block.  And as a newbie to observant Judaism, I was pretty ignorant of the big Jewish world out there.  My exposure to other observant Jewish kids was limited and I didn’t even know it, until NCSY came into my life.

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