Then, I met Gander. He grew up in a Conservative Jewish household. He and his siblings went to Hebrew day school, they spent the High Holidays at shul, they had large gatherings for Rosh Hashanah and Passover, they were all home on Friday nights for Shabbat dinner. His Jewish faith was and still is important to him.
Early on in the relationship, Gander started taking me to family dinners. I found that I had an interest in Judaism. I really appreciated that the main focus seemed to be on the familial celebration. As our relationship continued, we went to more holidays, and I felt more and more connected. After a long period of consideration, I decided to look into conversion. I did a bit of research on my own into the different sects. After all my research, I decided that the Reform movement spoke most to me. It kept to the traditions of Judaism while still being very much about personal autonomy and equality.