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Jew-Bashing on the A Train

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**Originally posted on 07.19.10 on my main blog** Yup, that’s right.  I got Jew-bashed on the train tonight.  Who’d a thunk that being a black Jew (in training) was such a big deal?  I’ve been reading the Tanakh and I’m in Exodus.  It’s getting good, although I’m pretty sure I know how it ends.  I […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish Part 5

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**Originally posted on 08.02.10 on my main blog** I’m rereading the book “Choosing a Jewish Life” by Anita Diamant.  I started reading it around May of this year and read through it quickly.  I had her other book, “Living a Jewish Life” and various other titles to get through so while I did, indeed, read […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish Part 4

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**Originally posted on 08.01.10** I’m writing  a series with the same name on the Velvet Park website.  Here’s a link to the most recent article I wrote for them.  http://www.velvetparkmedia.com/blogs/black-gay-and-jewish-part-two-finding-path  Because of the nature of the site, I usually try to keep my entries for them around 600 words.  Because this is my personal blog I […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish Part 3

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**This was originally posted on 06.06.10 on my main blog** So my appointment with the Rabbi is on the 15th.  While I’ve only attended one Shabbat celebration at the Temple I’ve been doing a lot of reading and soul searching.  Thankfully, a lot of friends and family members have been helpful in asking me a […]

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Black, Gay, and Jewish Part 2

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**This was originally posted on 05.16.10 on my main blog** Friday was Shabbat Services at the Village Temple and with great trepidation this black lesbian set foot into a synagogue for the first time.  Technically it was the second time since I’d chatted with the Cantor the week prior but the first time I stepped […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish-Part 1

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**This was originally posted on my main blog in May of this year** Like the title?  It’s a play on Rebecca Walker’s memoir, Black, White, and Jewish, which is on my long list of books to read about Jewish Identity.  Now before you page back trying to figure out what you’ve missed rest assured you […]

Amare Stoudemire is a Jew

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

Look, Ma!  Another black Jew!  🙂  That’s sort of what I thought when my girlfriend sent me the link about new NY Knick Amare Stoudemire’s newly found Jewish heritage.  Apparently, he’s half-Jewish on his mother’s side which, as we know, makes him a Jew. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQPJ1Ujo7_U&feature=player_embedded] My gf and I were talking about Amare and Judaism and the correlations […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish

Posted by: erika on: August 4, 2010

Welcome to my blog dedicated to my memoir titled, “Black, Gay, and Jewish.”  I’ve posted several enties on my personal blog but these posts have started to take over so I felt like they needed their own, seperate home.  So welcome, and enjoy!


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