A sampling of the student feedback from Religious Diversity Journey to Adat Shalom:
1. What are some of the most memorable things you learned today that you feel are important to share with others about this faith tradition?
Everyone is equal. Rabbis are equal to all the other members they just have more knowledge. Rabbis are teachers.
This religion stressed the importance of doing acts of kindness to others. Family traditions are meant to bring families together.
Be kind to others because it is one of the few things that doesn’t take much energy and is rewarding to everyone.
Jew means “grateful one”
We didn’t know that Jews believe that Jesus existed
Jews care about others and serve everyone
Jews are very accepting and try to bring good to all the world. They are very grateful and we feel it is important to share how kind they are.
We really liked the idea of the mitzvah.
Helping others is a way to make the world a better place.
2. What are some of the common stereotypes you had about this faith tradition when you arrived? How did what you learn today help to correct those stereotypes?
We thought that only men can be rabbis and only men can wear yarmulkes. Both are not true.
Jewish people stick to themselves- not true- they accept all people
Jewish people are arrogant- not true- we found them to be generous and kind
We thought that women couldn’t be leaders and that isn’t true. It turns out they have been a big part of the faith.
We used to think that Jews take days off school claiming that they have a holiday but really just want to skip school, but we found out that was incorrect.
We thought that you had to be born a Jew to be a Jew but learned today that you can convert to Judaism even if you weren’t born to a Jewish family.
What one word would you use to describe your experience today as you visited Adat Shalom?