Jewish Journal

Kathleen Vallee Stein

  • Saying ‘shalom’ to Santa Claus

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was very sad when I put an ad in the Recycler for my beloved Christmas dishes, but it was time to part with them. I had converted to Judaism two years earlier but kept the dishes stored in the back of the linen closet. I wanted them to go to a good home.

    The dishes represented...

  • Jack and Judaism

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Stein taught me about being Jewish.

    First, he told me that Jewish husbands are the best husbands because

    they "only cheat a little." Jack grinned up at me and I smiled back. At 5-feet-8 inches tall, I am used to being taller than many men, but when I put my arm around my...

  • A Fishy Miracle

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    The fish was the ugliest I had ever seen. I actually recoiled as my son proudly pointed him out in the aquarium. He loves fish.

    Most boys want a dog or a cat. Fish, it seems, capture my son's imagination.

    "Fish," he told me, "don't bark or jump on guests."

    "You can't pet them or...

  • Lights Were Last to Go

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My family never went to church but celebrated Christian holidays by putting up a Christmas tree in December and hunting for Easter eggs in the spring. I had lots of fun as a child and counted myself lucky that I didn't have to spend long, boring hours at church like the other kids.