Jews by choice in Ridgewood

Jews by choice in Ridgewood

Temple Israel & JCC in Ridgewood will look at “Jews by Choice: the Challenge, the Dilemmas, the Meaning” with a panel discussion on Sunday, December 12, at 10:30 a.m. The panel includes three congregants who chose to become Jews: Annemarie Roscello, Tom Marcyes, and Javier Delgado. The discussion will take place in person and online.

The panelists will take on such questions as what dilemmas they faced in make the decision to become Jewish, what they found to be the most frightening or intimidating thing about it, what was the most welcoming part of it, and what has made them feel really Jewish.

Javier Delgado is the founder of two New York-based medical practice management companies. He and his wife, Anlly, have four sons.

Tom Marcyes and his wife, Sylvia Flescher, have been Temple Israel members for almost 30 years. Tom’s father was Catholic and his mother was Lutheran.

Annemarie Roscello chose Conservative Judaism in 2019 after a Roman Catholic upbringing in upstate New York. Annemarie is a professor at Bergen Community College and lives in West Milford with her husband, Evan, daughter, Julie, and granddaughter, Rhiannon. Annemarie and Evan joined Temple Israel in 2019.

This webinar is part of Temple Israel & JCC’s ongoing lecture series. For the Zoom link, go to

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