Hi, I've seen an answer to a question on here saying that a person whose mother's mother was Jewish is, by matrilineal descent, also Jewish. If it's an unbroken matrilineal line, is this true 100% of the time or is there a limit regarding how far back the relative is?
I ask because my mother's mother's mother (my great-grandmother) was Jewish and, living in WWII Germany, she stopped practising. As such my grandmother, mother and myself were raised without religion. Are we all still considered Jewish?
I feel that I've been denied a part of my family's culture, especially since I never got a chance to talk to my great-grandmother about it before she passed. I'd like to reconnect with it and come to understand my family better. Next year I'm moving to a city that has a beautiful Orthodox synagogue and I'm considering reaching out to the Rabbi but that's a bit intimidating so I thought I'd ask here first.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, the daughter of Polish immigrants, as a devout Catholic. I married an Italian-American man and we had three girls we likewise raised Catholic. It never once crossed my mind that my ancestors could be anything else.
I recently took a DNA test that gave me shocking results. It says I am 99.8% Ashkenazi Jewish.
I wonder what to make out of this. I have not known any Jews since my childhood. My parents are long gone. I am a 78-year-old widow. My only living sibling has Alzheimer’s and can no longer communicate. I have no living relatives I know personally from Poland who I can ask. The only family I have around are my children, their husbands, and my seven grandchildren.
I thought maybe I could ask a rabbi what to do and this is what came up from a Google search about asking a rabbi.
I am sure you have been asked this question time and time again. I am hoping to receive the answer I am looking for.
My grandmother met a Jewish man. My grandmother then converted to Judaism prior to getting married. My mother was then conceived and born. She went to Hebrew school and practiced Jewish traditions.
I am looking for G-d. I have been reading about Judaism and would like to know. Am I Jewish? Would I be accepted by the Jewish community if my grandmother was a convert?
Thank you for your time.
OS 275I was approached by a woman with the following story:"At age 52 I learned that my maternal grandmother was an orphan and was Jewish. As a baby she was placed in a Catholic household and reared as a Catholic. She reared my mother as a Catholic and my mother reared me as a Catholic.The story generated the following questions: "What is my status according to Jewish law? What is the status of my children according to Jewish law?" She is genuinely curious. I look forward to your response. Thank you very much.