Mama Shalom is a mindset.
A mindset to be the best version of yourself.
To be a mensch, and to use Jewish teachings to shape your character, your vibe, and your ability to shine.
To truly understand your unique power and to use it for good.
Mama Shalom is an intention.
An intention to do Jewish.
To participate in Jewish celebrations, rituals, worship and study—even if it isn’t perfect.
To show up and be part of the tribe. To connect.
Mama Shalom is a sacred obligation.
An obligation to make the world better in ways that only you can.
To take action. To contribute. To transform.
To continually ask yourself, “What can I do to bring peace to this situation?” And then do it.
Maybe you’re Jewish. Maybe you’re not. Maybe you were raised Jewish, but it’s just not working for you anymore. Maybe you love Judaism so much you read the Torah several hours a day. Maybe someone you care about is Jewish, and you just want to learn more and see if there’s a place for you.
Regardless of the path that led you here today, I invite you in. I invite you to be inspired and energized by Judaism. I invite you to keep exploring until you find the teachings and practices that resonate with you and speak to your heart.
I am a Jewish student, teacher, wife, mother and community member; and I created Mama Shalom to share the inspiring ways living Jewishly has shaped my life, and continues to. I hope you will join me on this journey and discover how an ancient tradition can positively impact your life today. Please be sure to sign up for e-mail updates and to follow Mama Shalom on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!
Toda raba (“thank you” in Hebrew), and let’s dive in!
Three things to keep in mind:
(1) Even though Judaism is the best religion for me, I don’t believe that it’s the best for everyone. I respect all religions that promote peace, and I have learned many valuable lessons from people who practice religions different from my own—or even who practice no religion but are committed to being kind people and making the world a better place.
(2) Within the Jewish community, there is a wide range of beliefs, practices, and observance levels. Although I find inspiration from many different Jewish individuals and groups, I am part of a Reform community, so my practices and viewpoints tend to fall along those lines.
(3) If you’re not Jewish, you may still find insights on Mama Shalom that can be helpful for your life. I hope that you do!