Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Anjelica Ruiz
Searching for meaning and spiritual guidance, Anjelica Ruiz found a home in Judaism, which meant going against her mother’s wishes and abandoning the faith of her childhood. Undergoing an ancient Jewish ritual, however, she finds new strength. On November 3, Anjelica steps onto the Oral Fixation stage in “Jump Off A Cliff,” and takes us along on her spiritual quest.
A native Dallasite, Anjelica N. Ruiz jumps at any opportunity to leave the state and travel. She can often be found at Temple Emanu-El, where she works full-time and teaches on Sundays. In her free time, she is usually reading, daydreaming, or writing for her blog, The Wondering Jew.
How would you name the autobiography of your life? A Series of Identity Crises
What is your favorite smell? Definitely the smell of homemade flour tortillas straight out of the skillet.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Something that requires constant learning, new challenges, and the freedom to try new ideas. I’m still trying to figure out what job title that describes.
What is the weirdest compliment you’ve ever received? I’ve been told several times that I have a great voice. I don’t particularly think much of my voice, but I’ll take the compliment.
Name one thing you miss about being a kid. I definitely miss all the free time I used to have to read.
Sneak peak: “The day finally came when Rabbi Kim declared that I was ready to go to the mikvah, which should have thrilled me, but the only thing I could think was that my rabbi was going to see me naked in a glorified kiddie pool.”