New Jew, The
An Unexpected Conversion
Lapsed Midwestern Catholic girl marries into a New York Jewish family, discovers gefilte fish, synagogue, matriarchal mother-in-law, and Judaism.
It really would be nice, dear, if you would join us for the High Holy Days, Sally's mother-in-law coaxed.
Sally s stomach clenched. A lapsed Catholic from the Midwest, still overcoming the shock from marrying into a Jewish family in Manhattan, she and her husband rarely discussed religion. Attend synagogue? She may as well have been asked to make gefilte fish. Little did she know her first time in a temple would be a rollercoaster ride of anxiety, hope and humor. It was to be a microcosm of her ten-year journey to becoming a Jew.
This breezy memoir recounts how Friedes, a nice Catholic girl from Milwaukee, became a nice New York City Jewish wife, in an adventure that takes her through marriage, motherhood and spiritual transformation.. Chicago Sun Times
[Friedes] 10-year journey to Judaism is chronicled in heartwarming terms that will appeal to both Jewish and non-Jewish readers. Publisher's Weekly
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