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Anita Diamant

Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:00 am

In the mid-’90s, when author Anita Diamant was working on a book called “Choosing a Jewish Life,” she visited the mikvah in Boston several times with rabbis of different denominations to see how they performed the conversion ceremony. At that time, the mikvah was the only one in Boston open to non-Orthodox clergy – one afternoon a week, she says. “It was not built for the purpose of converting to Judaism and it was not lovely and it was not welcoming. The more I went there, the more dismayed I was at the kind of welcome the Jewish community was offering people who were making this enormous commitment to becoming Jewish.”

Diamant, who wrote the best-selling book “The Red Tent,” will be in the Valley Oct. 11-12 for a Union for Reform Judaism program, “Sacred Waters,” and will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 12 Valley Beit Midrash opening event (see details below).

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