Sarah Erdreich’s family never talked about a mentally ill child who was sent away to the infamous Willowbrook facility. She vowed to make him part of the family again.
The Jewish community in Selma, Ala., has seen a steady decline, mirroring a general downturn across the Deep South. One family returned to see how the local temple is holding up.
Many of us grew up hooked on soap operas. How many of us knew we were also watching a genre whose very existence could be credited to a Jewish woman?
Finding a synagogue that’s the right fit can be emotionally challenging. But Sarah Erdeich is comforted that it doesn’t take a congregation to celebrate being Jewish.