I find that having a name that means “devout Christian” (Christina) has created an unnecessary psychological barrier between me and the Jewish community that I am attempting to cultivate.
While meeting with my rabbi a few weeks ago, I told her that I had been using a more “Jewy” name when attending more orthodox events. It initially started as a joke between a friend and I but found that it quickly alleviated the awkwardness I felt when introducing myself. I was immediately chastised (in a thought provoking way). My Rabbi asked “why is Chriss not a Jewish name”? She’s right. Hiding my name ,hides who I am, where I come from and my unique Jewish journey. I wasn’t born a Jew. I am a Jew by choice.