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Latter-Day Philo-Semite

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_mormons/item/latter-day_philo-semite_20100517

It happened again this week. While waiting for a performance to begin at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, I struck up a conversation with two sisters seated next to me. The opera was based on a murder committed by one of their errant ancestors, and they were anxious to see the singers reenact their family drama. In short order they introduced me to their niece, and we exchanged greetings. During intermission I went to buy a snack, and when I returned to my seat one of the sisters turned to me with a big smile and said, "Our niece said to make you happy by telling you that we're part Jewish." It turns out that the niece was a Mormon who had recognized me from a church activity that we had both attended. If Mormons in this area know anything about me, it's that I love Jews. And Judaism. And Israel. Needless to say, the second act of the opera was more enjoyable than the first.

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