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I need advice about not fitting in

Hello fellow Jews! I am new to this subreddit so hello! To start I am 15 years old and I had moved to a private Christian school a year ago as well as a new town. My whole family and I are Jewish so it doesn’t quite make sense I’m going to this school right? Well, where I am living, education options are limited (small town) so, with process of elimination my parents thought this would be the best choice for me. I had no problem going to this school, I am always looking forward to learning about new people and subjects! So far the teachers have been just lovely and the students have been alright. It’s all peaches and cream except one thing; I am not quite accepted. I understand that this is highly common, considering this new-girl in town cliche usually includes this type of component. However, the reason I’m not accepted is not because of my “newness”, it’s because I’m Jewish. I have always been proud of being Jewish, it’s one part of my background that makes me feel special and proud. While I don’t go around announcing this to everyone I come into contact with, it does sometimes slip out in conversation. Unfortunately most people get put off by this -which is completely fine. Meeting different people from different backgrounds can be a new experience, especially for people in such a small town. On the other side of the coin though, I do feel hurt by some remarks other kids make. I have been told to go back to Auschwitz, and have been hearing a good amount of people make snide comments behind my back (at least that’s what I have been told by other peers). I have also been handed a piece of paper from a group of upperclassmen of what seemed to be a symbol of Satan (if that’s not the term for it please correct me). This experience has honestly changed my mindset of wether I should be even telling people my religion. After all, no matter what I will always be faced with others who have hate in their heart for me and my other Jews. As bad as this sounds, I am honestly afraid that by telling future persons about this part of me I will be disadvantaging myself without even meaning to because more often than not it will change someone’s perception of me. Please don’t take this the wrong way, I am very happy to be Jewish, but do you think I should keep it to myself? I sincerely hope this didn’t offend anyone, please tell me if it has; I’ll delete it right away! If anyone has any advice for me, I would very much appreciate it! Be safe out there, and have a wonderful morning/evening ❤️

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