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#1 IronGipper

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:38 AM

I'm about 2 months away from completing my conversion studies, and I really want to do something nice for my rabbi as a token of my appreciation for guiding me through this long process.

I thought about a nice piece of Judaica, but I can't think of anything he might want/need and I don't really know what his personal taste is. I thought about making a contribution to the rabbi's discretionary fund at the synagogue, but I'm wondering if that's too impersonal. Finally, I thought about a gift certificate for a nice restaurant, but now I'm not sure about that since it's not really related to Judaism.

I'd really appreciate any ideas. This is a huge moment in my life and I really want the rabbi to know how grateful I am for his guidance.
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#2 ijs

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:14 AM

My best guess is to ask around the congregation, maybe even (or especially?) other rabbis. If he is well-known, perhaps someone knows of something he would appreciate that he doesn't have. (I'm thinking in the book department, there, but could really be anything, I supposed.)

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:16 PM

is there a way to get this customized?

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:19 PM

A good bottle of wine or a gift certificate for a good restaurant. In my experience with Jews, the guy will be talking about it for years to come.

"I remember back in 1979 they had this deli in Brooklyn. It was December 2nd, 1979. I ordered a pastrami on rye. It was so juicy. Perfect"

"You still remember a sandwich you ate 20 years ago?"

"Why wouldn't I? It was good"

"Wow Jews really like their food"

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 01:33 AM

A good bottle of wine or a gift certificate for a good restaurant. In my experience with Jews, the guy will be talking about it for years to come.

"I remember back in 1979 they had this deli in Brooklyn. It was December 2nd, 1979. I ordered a pastrami on rye. It was so juicy. Perfect"

"You still remember a sandwich you ate 20 years ago?"

"Why wouldn't I? It was good"

"Wow Jews really like their food"

Do you actually have any experience with Jews? I mean real live ones, not the ones in your head that fit all your stereotypes.
I don't think I have ever experienced this stereotype, and I have been surrounded by Jews all my life.
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