“I was telling my rabbi [Denise Eger at Kol Ami] about the fact that the ancestry of one of my grandfathers is sort of a family mystery,” Paler said.“When I told her I think there’s a Jewish connection there, she said, ‘Jewish souls eventually find their way home.’ That’s definitely been my experience.Mike Loya, Paler’s partner for more than a decade, will finish his own conversion in the next couple of months. “Each year there were interfamily celebrations on the big holidays.As a kid, I was always moved by my Passover experiences. In Catholicism, questioning isn’t valued, but in Judaism, questioning is intrinsic to the tradition.” That openness to inquiry is equally important to Park-Rogers.“We’re really contributing something to our community.I feel our move here is the completion of something very important for both of us.” That deep sense of fulfillment threads through the conversion stories of all three couples.
My son Mitch is a Bruce Springsteen fan, and he wanted to take me to a Steve Van Zandt concert on Staten Island. I used to be a photographer before I had children but I had never done any modelling or acting.” As part of the JDate campaign, she and three women were used to sell the idea that JDate is like a “yenta” and to do with working out the site’s algorithms to find their perfect match.To have kids or to have a second house in Palm Springs?Spiritual decision-making is also frequently a factor in the calculus of gay life.Park-Rogers is now executive director of Beth Chayim Chadashim, and her partner, Timoner, is a third-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Although she’s now “all up in” just the kind of institution that tended to arouse suspicion in her counterculture parents, Park-Rogers believes she hasn’t forgotten the important lessons they taught her.“You can be a very active Jew and still have a very active critique of Judaism,” she said. My parents didn’t use the words ‘Torah’ or ‘tzedakah,’ but those were the values they gave me.” For Paler, the sense of fulfillment has come as he has reached beyond the Roman Catholicism of his childhood to begin to explore his family’s Eastern European roots.
Bea Slater, a 90-year-old great-grandmother, is the latest face of Jewish dating platform JDate.