After watching two cousins become B’nai Mitzvah, our eldest convinced us that she wanted to undertake the preparation and become Bat Mitzvah too. We had lived in Oak Park for a couple of years but were not yet members of a congregation; it was time to commit.
We began exploring nearby choices and had attended services at two houses of worship when we arrived at Oak Park Temple on Purim. The members were friendly and pleasant. But we were not prepared for the rabbi to materialize on the bima wearing a squirrel costume, tail included, followed by the president of the congregation decked out as Fidel Castro, cigar in hand. Wow…a congregation with a sense of humor. We decided to give it a try
We chose well. We found a meaningful spiritual center and have made many lifetime friends here. And as expected, we’ve had lots of fun within and through our affiliation with OPT.
Both our children became B’nai Mitzvah and were confirmed at Oak Park Temple in meaningful ceremonies that brought our far flung families together for wonderful, joyous celebrations. And our daughter started down a path to her life calling here, now well on her way to becoming a rabbi herself.