Judy Katzin

My name is Judy Katzin. I live in Ra’anana. I grew up in a traditional family and in liberal synagogues (Conservative and Reform) in Illinois. I am the youngest of four sisters, and there was never a question of “things that girls can’t do”. When I was 12, my father spent a Sabbatical year at the Hebrew University. That year I was an 8th grade student at a public school in Jerusalem, and experienced many new things – I met Orthodox Jews for the first time in my life and I became a Hebrew speaker. When we returned to our Reform congregation in Illinois, my sister and I became the experts in everything related to prayer and Hebrew for our youth group. I first read Torah (not with trope) that Rosh HaShana, for the children’s service.