Submitted for RS 301's Oral History Project, student Daniel Busch interviews a friend, Dita Kruger, on their religious experiences during the pandemic.
Student Daniel Busch interviews a friend, Dita Kruger, on their religious experiences during the pandemic. Dita identifies as a mostly secular Jew, whose religious observances before the pandemic were primarily tied to celebrating Jewish holidays with friends and family. They talk about not being able to attend their grandfather's funeral at a synagogue during the pandemic, and the impacts of being unable to grieve with one's family. Dita dislikes Zoom as a substitute for in-person interactions and observances, and foresees religious worship returning to in-person events as soon as it is safe. They miss being able to share food on holidays, so this translated to inviting over many of their friends to share food in socially distanced yard parties.