Susan Proctor

Growing Up Baptist, Caught by Judaism

Steeped in an all-encompassing church life, a resonant dream shakes her to her Jesus-Loves-Me core. What happens after pulls her to Judaism.

“Your church friends are always your best friends,” Pastor Yeman was fond of saying, and it was sure true for me growing up in Greenland Avenue Baptist. Bonny Atkins, my next door neighbor, the Magate twins, Gale and Dale and Pat Lovelace–those were my girls. We did everything together and shared all our secrets.

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  • Billye Roberts

    I also grew up Baptist, and am now a Jew. I was drawn to Judaism for different reasons than yours, but, I agree, it is good to finally feel at home.