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I was raised an episcopalian but I recently went to a Bat Mitzha and the service just completely captured me in a way that I’ve never felt in a religious environment. I don’t want to talk to my parents about it, although that may be best, but I would rather go to a Temple than a church. I don’t know if that’s religiously possible or if I’d be shunned, and I know close to nothing about Judaism but something about just feels so… comfortable, if that makes sense.

Category: Tags: asked October 5, 2014

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Since I was little, I've been involved in church life. My mother's a singer, and has been singing in churches since she was a teenager. I'm also a singer, and to be honest, it's excellent vocal exercise.But in high school I realized I just didn't feel like I belonged. I actually turned to Wicca around my sophomore year, and was very happy with that lifestyle. I was still involved in church activities, but I began to wean myself out of the religion.My suggestion to you is to go to a service at a local temple (definitely one where visitors are welcome) and see if you enjoy that service just as much. Go to several, if it pleases you. However, if you feel you do not enjoy the services as much as you had thought, maybe you will recognize what you DO like about your own religion, thus giving you a greater understanding and appreciation for it.Best of luck!
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Call the local temple and ask to set up a meeting with the Rabi. He will tell you what you need to know to go through a conversion and how to be accepted within the Jewish Community of their Temple. He will probably be able to set you up with lessons and classes about Judaism.
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Switching religions is not an easy decision. Personally I think that before any decision is made you should try to find out more about your current religion and the religion you are considering switching to. For all you know there could be different sub-communities within your own religion that you enjoy. I went through a similar process and ended up sticking with the religion I was raised with. (Ironically orthodox Judaism in my case.) That being said if you want to know more about Judaism I could answer some basic questions and direct you towards people better fit to answer the more complected ones. That being said I think that you should look more into the the religion of your birth first, you might find what you are looking for there.