Rabbi Juan Mejia

Rabbi Juan Mejia is the South West Co-ordinator for Be'chol Lashon. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1977. When he was 15, he discovered his converso roots which led him on a Jewish journey and eventually the Conservative rabbinate. He lives in Oklahoma City and teaches about Judaism to Spanish Jews around the world.


Articles by Rabbi Juan Mejia

Coming to Believe in Collective Prayers of Repentance

How a former Catholic became a believer and leader of collective Jewish prayers of repentance.

Jewish Music with A Caribbean Flair

A Calypso reinterpretation of Adon Olam.

Blessed Are Thou Lord Who Multitasks

Rosh Hashanah is a magical time.  Or at least, we seem to think so. According to the Mishnah (Rosh Hashanah ...

Reb Zalman in the Andes

This piece is being published on the yahrzeit of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi of blessed memory, may his teachings endure.  It begins ...

How to Welcome the Stranger: A Modern Midrash

1 in 6 contemporary Jews are new to Judaism. How are we supposed to welcome these converts? Rabbi Juan Mejia, a ...

Purim in Paradise, from Nashville to the Caribbean

Imagine Purim by the crystal clear and warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. No need for warm costumes or shoveling ...

Amazing and Improbable Transformations for the New Year

Change is an inevitable part of our lives. Most changes, however, happen to us from the outside: we age, we ...

Jewish Joy At Carnival

Carnival, Mardi Gras, Carnaval.  These words convey exhuberance, dancing, masks, and overflowing joy (and often excess). From Rio to New ...

Psalms for the Philippines

Oklahoma City, where I live, has an amazing Jewish community. And, unfortunately, this amazing Jewish community is an expert in ...