From Tiffany’s to Torah: The Value of Being a Jewish Educator
By Sapphira Fein
The job of the Jewish educator is to make being Jewish engaging and valuable in a time when there are so many distractions.
Tell what you were doing at 10:00 this morning. I dreaded ice-breakers in general, but this one in particular was a nightmare. It was bad enough that at every Friday night Shabbat dinner the first line of conversation with anyone — whether someone new or a regular in the havurah — would be about our professions. Weren’t we supposed to refrain from work on Shabbat? Nonetheless, we went around in a circle, each sharing a glimpse into is or her life. After several people mentioned their patients or promotions, their successful legal cases or loving family, it was my turn. At 10:00 that morning, I had sold a $35,000 diamond ring at Tiffany & Co. I really wanted to make up something like I was working with homeless families on a mural for the public library or I was signing a contract to be a tap dancer for a South American cruise company. But, if I had lied, I may not have become a Jewish educator.