I’ve always known that I was Jewish. Just like I’ve always known that I am Chilean-American. In a lot of ways, being both are similar experiences. Both, for example, have traditions that make the identity what it is. From traditional food to large gatherings to be together.

I grew up speaking Spanish, and as a teenager when I started to actually try and read Spanish fluently, I began reading my dad’s Torah, which had given to me. I was named Guimel, partly because my dad wanted me to have the initials GMC to honor America because his brother never got the ability to come