“I’m new to LA and looking for community,” said Robin, age 27, as we met her during Pico Shul’s LoveFest Tu B’Av Party in August. “Moving to a new city is really exciting, but it’s also pretty disorienting. I don’t really know where I fit in. I started to become more observant in Atlanta where I was going to school and then working. I really want to find a place where I can continue learning and growing.” While Robin has a few acquaintances scattered around greater LA area that she knew before moving west, what she doesn’t have is Jewish community.
Thanks to that one event, and then attending Days of Awesome High Holidays, Robin met some new friends and met a friendly rabbi and rebbetzin. She recently joined us for a Shabbat meal, and now feels she has a community where she can go and will always be welcome.
She explained that she finally found a community that isn’t judgemental of her past, and is also super supportive of her path.
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Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein