Good Evening and Shabbat Shalom I was not brought up in a strict religious home. I was never christened nor baptized in the church. My mother was raised Baptist and my father Episcopal and both are very open minded about religion to this day. As a child, my mother and I attended the Methodist church and I have attended Catholic, Baptist, Church of Christ and Church of God services, but never felt a true connection to any of them. I always had many questions regarding religion, but didn’t ask for fear of judgment. I did not know a lot about the Jewish faith beyond a few traditions and holidays. Jumping forward to 2006, I’m on a plane coming home from a business trip in Arkansas where I met the man I would marry, Rob, who by coincidence was also there on business. I transferred to my company’s New York City office, moved to Connecticut where he was living and we were married in 2008. When I found out he was Jewish, I had many questions and found myself wanting to learn more in detail. It never mattered to my family that he is Jewish and I am thankful every day I met him and was introduced to Judaism. Last August we discussed attending Temple. He was bar mitzvah’d Orthodox, but suggested that Reform would be a better fit for us. We met with Nancy Richardson, toured the Temple and discussed Temple life. We left that day with the feeling that this was the Temple we should attend and felt no need to go to any others. We attended services for about 6 weeks and joined The Temple before the High Holidays that same year. That began my journey into Judaism, attending services, Torah studies and conversion classes. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn and felt a connection to Judaism that I’ve never felt with any other faith. I love everything about Judaism especially its deep history, traditions and the importance of Social Action and volunteerism among many others. I never have doubted my decision to become Jewish for one minute and I look forward to my continued volunteering, studying Torah and learning Hebrew soon. Rob never asked nor expected me to seek conversion, but he is thrilled that I am doing this. Since we were not married in a Jewish ceremony, we plan to celebrate our fifth anniversary next March with a ketubah signing. I want to thank Rabbi Mackler and Patty Marks for their support and teachings, the ladies of women’s Torah study for their guidance, Carol Fradkin for her leadership and mentoring with the Social Action Committee, the Temple congregation for being so welcoming, my husband Rob for his encouragement and especially my mom for raising me to be open-minded about everything, especially religion. I am very blessed to have the support of my family and friends and I am truly honored to become Jewish and be a part of The Temple family. I’ve worked hard to come to this point and it has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Thank you.