Rabbi Juan Mejía
Rabbi Juan Mejía was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Raised a Catholic, he converted to Judaism after discovering the powerful beauty and message of Judaism. He holds a degree in philosophy from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a Masters degree in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Juan was ordained in 2009 by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. He lives in Oklahoma City, where he serves as the Jewish Educator for Emanuel Synagogue. He also serves as Rabbi in Residence for Be’chol Lashon.
Juan is a passionate advocate for converts and making Torah available to all. He has been teaching Torah in Spanish for over a decade through his website.
The virtualization of the Jewish world due to the coronavirus pandemic will fundamentally alter the nature of Jewish engagement.
How a former Catholic became a believer and leader of collective Jewish prayers of repentance.
A Calypso reinterpretation of Adon Olam
I am an Internet rabbi. Every night, people from over 20 countries come into my virtual living room to recite the traditional Sephardic selichot, the prayers in preparation for the High Holy Day season, together as a tzibbur, a community.
It begins like an old Hasidic story. A reluctant maskil is strong-armed into visiting a chasidic rebbe. In this case, the rebbe was Reb Zalman and the maskil was myself. I was to serve as the translator for a virtual yechidus, an intimate one-on-one meeting, between Reb Zalman and a grateful Latin American student, Dr. Juan Jimenez Bravo.
1 in 6 contemporary Jews are new to Judaism.
Imagine Purim by the crystal clear and warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Change is an inevitable part of our lives.
Carnival, Mardi Gras, Carnaval.
Oklahoma City, where I live, has an amazing Jewish community.