Janel Amador has a MA in English from the University of Memphis. For nearly half her adult life, she lived and worked in seven countries including eight years in the Netherlands after meeting her husband there on vacation. She currently lives in the San Antonio, Texas, area with her husband and two girls, Sofia and Eva.
Let me start by saying that I know a lot of people think co-sleeping is fantastic including some of my close friends. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is mine. I'm not trying to…convince anyone to change their view. That being said, I know some parents who share my opinion and they are afraid to speak up for fear of being negatively judged by anyone who is in favor of co-sleeping. Doing things differently from others don't make you a bad parent; it just means it doesn't work… >> Read More
Recently, I watched three people from my conversion class become full members of the Jewish tribe. It was an intensely moving, yet brief ceremony, which took place on the bimah.
Now, I’m a bit…of sap when it comes to ceremonies. I’m the type that needs tissues at graduations, bar mitzvahs, and weddings. But when it comes to the conversion ceremonies, I simply want it to be my turn. I have been suffering from conversion envy since I first heard that someone in our class had converted. I am… >> Read More
I have lost a couple of friends over my conversion to Judaism.
At least, it seems to be the reason after I mentioned in passing that my husband and I were going to start conversion classes. The next…thing I know, none of my repeated phone calls get returned and they are no longer my friends on Facebook. No other reason could possibly make sense, because we hadn't had a fight or falling out. The other most common reaction when people learn I'm converting to Judaism is to invite me to a Christian… >> Read More
As a candidate in a conversion class at my local Reform synagogue, who can I ask the pertinent questions?
I'm not talking about which prayer to say over challah, either. They give us plenty of…books, and I can always head to Kveller when I'm in need of the day-to-day questions. I'm talking about the really personal questions, like, "Are you supposed to shave your hoohah before the mikvah?" because I definitely can't ask my rabbi in the middle of class with 20 other candidates on a Saturday morning. I'm… >> Read More