Monday, December 8, 2008

Ahuvah Gray's Story, a Black Minister Who Converted

A commenter on my AD/HD post from yesterday (which I will probably follow up on tomorrow) pointed out a lecture given by a very famous giores (convert), Ahuvah Gray, a couple of weeks ago. She was an ordained minister in California before converting to Judaism. In the speech, she tells over the story of how she got attracted to Judaism and went through her conversion in Israel, even with such an unusual background.

At the end of the shiur, there is a very interesting question and answer session where the students she is speaking to ask her about everything from the election of Barack Obama, how to respond to truth-seeking people who have left observance to how she felt emerging from the Mikvah in her first few moments as a Jew. Very interesting!

CLICK HERE to watch the lecture at

You can also her newest book, Gifts of a Stranger, here. In it, she starts off with the story of a girl who she originally met after this young lady had gone "off the derech," and told how she (Ahuvah Gray) inspired her to come back to the fold.

-Dixie Yid

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A Simple Jew said...

Have you read her new book yet?

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

No, but I heard her speak when my community Kollel in Des Moines brought her out to speak then. I can't remember if I read her first book or not. My main impressions were of meeting her and hearing her speak at our event.

-Dixie Yid