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Hey Everyone!

Hey everyone, it's Shannon from Faye Stilton's Introduction To Judaism class.

Ok, this is our blog now!

To comment on an entry, just click on the "comment" link on any entry that you can see, and you'll have to post anonomously if you are not a livejournal user. If you ARE a member of livejournal, just add this community, and then you can post to it yourself. I will be giving everyone in our class the username and password to make actual POSTS on this community board so everyone can wax philosophical/spiritual/whatever tickles your fancy. I will do that in our next class on Tuesday, so that we're all clear on exactly how to log in, post, and log out. It can be a tad confusing! ;) With this username and password, you can post on this board about things in class, things you thought about outside of class, or just random smatterings of things that popped into your Jewish/eventual Jewish head! :)

I will give Faye the link to this community tonight first and then since she has everyone's e-mail address/phone #, she can forward it to all of us, since we're a tiny group. Until Tuesday, you guys can only comment on a post, not create one on this discussion board. But don't panic! We can all read each other's comments and respond to them/ask questions of  yoru own. So all is not lost! Just hang in there until Tuesday! :) Thanks :)

For this post, I'd also like to recommend several livejournal communities/blogs that I've found helpful as a potential JBC:

Jews-By-Choice: a national livejournal JBC community. This is great for asking questions and sharing experiences as converts together on a broader scale then just our tiny class.
http://community.livejournal.com/jbcs/profile

Weird Jews: An online blog community composed of eccentric Jews from all sorts of Jewish paths.

http://community.livejournal.com/weirdjews/profile

Weird Jews2: for more fiery debates from the same community of folks.
http://community.livejournal.com/weirdjews2/profile

My Jewish livejournal. I have a personal one called shannonolippy that chronicles my day-to-day life that is verbose, and a tad whiney. But shiksajourney is the journal I've been using to chronicle my trials and tribulations and JEWbilations of wanting to become Jewish. I started it back in June or July of 2006 and keep continuing it!
 Feel free to comment on my entries there too, as it is a more personal reflection of my long and winding Yiddish road.
http://shiksajourney.livejournal.com/profile

Ok, feel free to comment! If you have any suggestions on opening up the forum to certain topics, but the process of posting seems either A) too dauting, B) too time-consuming or C) too confusing, just comment on here, and I will post the topic and my thoughts so we can all dive into a discussion about it!

Alriiighty! Let's get it started (ha!)... :) Happy kibitzing!

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
We're All Alright!
* Music:The Colbert Report (*drools over n3rdy goodness!*

Credit theme written and performed by none other than the incredible power-pop monster known as Cheap Trick!





(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Shabbos dinner in Guilderland
Dear class:

We're offering to host a potluck shabbos dinner at the clubhouse in my apartment complex in Guilderland. What do you think?

If you'd like to attend, suggest a date when you'd like to attend. Let's light the candles and practice making the motzi and the kiddush and eat some good food!

Susan and Antonio

(Anonymous)
Nov. 28th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Class last night
Okay Shannon I'm not a big blogger but I'll try for you. I really liked last nights class, I thought about things that I don't usually think about every day, and when I woke up this morning I did thank god. It made me a little calmer this morning but also let me speak my mind to people that usually annoy me and I just let it fester. So all in all it's been a good morning!
shiksajourney
Dec. 4th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Class last night
I am so glad to hear that you had a positive experience with that speaker. I met him when Tom and I went to a Rosh Hoshanah inter-branch gathering at Ohav Shalom out in Albany. It was a nice event. I have to say, in all honesty though I thought the video was a tad corny ;) But it was a nice idea, and I appreciated the thought behind it greatly.

I've enjoyed all of our speakers so far, although I think the fellow who gave us the lecture on Orthodox Judaism was not in-depth enough about how Orthodox Judaism works, and how greatly it differs from other branches such as Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionalism.
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