Reflections On My Adult Bat Mitzvah

On Saturday, September 13th I finally became a Bat Mitzvah. I grew up in a very small town in Ohio – a town so small that the total number of people living there is roughly the same number of people who belong to Temple Sholom. I also grew up as part of an interfaith family. Needless to say I did not grow up with a strong Jewish foundation. It was not until college that I discovered and embraced Judaism (at a Catholic University no less!). After college I struggled with finding the next step on my Jewish journey. I had learned so much about Judaism and its traditions and practices, but I kept feeling like it was somehow not complete, that I needed to do something else.