My new job is at a Temple (synagogue) in Toronto. I worked here previously when I was a management consultant and loved it. I felt an kinship to the Jewish faith and discovered that I felt more at home in a sanctuary of a Shul than I have ever felt in a church. I attend services when I am available on a Saturday morning and feel that I want to, and even par take in High Holy Day festivities including Rosh Hashanah and Yon Kippur.
The running joke with my family and friends has been for a while, "so, when are you going to meet a nice Jewish boy and convert?" and that seems to be the question for me also. Although I have made so many wonderful friends at the Temple, I have not met any single men.
The question also probes the question of conversion: To convert or not? Especially if I feel so comfortable within the walls of the Jewish faith. I was chatting with a friend about conversion yesterday and expressed that I felt conversion without a partner would be very lonely. I could not convert and have Christmas dinner with my family for instance. I would feel like that would be disrespectful to a faith that I had chosen (Judaism). But converting to Judaism for someone (a partner) would be a whole different kettle of fish. There would be someone to walk through life with, celebrate life cycle events with, holidays etc. I cannot explain it, but it would be an easier journey and not so alienating or lonely.
So yesterday, under the persuasion of my assistant and a new friend, I joined jDate, the online Jewish dating service. I made it clear that I was not Jewish but willing and looking to convert. We shall see. I have never done any online dating and it was terrifying to hit "OK" when I was at the end of submitting my information, including a picture. I don't know, maybe good things will come from this. I am searching for my "bashert" or "perfect match" as they say in Yiddish. Hopefully he is out there somewhere.
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