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Archive for September 2011

Help Send Me to Israel-4 More Days!

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2011

In four more days I’ll have to let the organization know whether I will be able to accept the scholarship they’ve offered me, or decline.  Here’s the E-Mail I received yesterday. Dear Erika, We are pleased to let you know that we are able to offer you the scholarship you requested in the amount of […]

Help Send Me to Israel!

Posted by: erika on: September 12, 2011

Today has been a day of ups and ups!  I won’t delay any further and just get to it.  I received an e-mail this afternoon informing me that the scholarship I recently applied to for a trip to Israel was mine!  $2500 in total for a 10 day trip to Israel!  As you know, I […]

My Big Fat Frum Shabbat

Posted by: erika on: September 11, 2011

I’m sure, by actual frum standards, my Shabbat wasn’t exactly the frummiest of the frum. In terms of Erika Frumness, it was a frummy, frumtastic Shabbat and you know what?  I liked it.  Congregation Kol Israel is seriously the little shul that could in Prospect Heights.  I read an article printed in 2010 that the […]

“…Shabbat’s gonna be a good, good night…”

Posted by: erika on: September 9, 2011

In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge nerd, bordering on dorky.  I can’t help it, nerds are cute.  Not to mention incredibly smart.  So my nerd moment is that almost every Shabbat this song sneaks into my head and I get super (duper) excited for Shabbat.  For some reason my early morning Shabbat preparations […]

“Please, for tzedakah”

Posted by: erika on: September 8, 2011

Last night a group of Jews went to a hip midtown Kosher restaurant.  The food was sub-par, the atmosphere was amazing and it was really, really Jewish.  I say it was really Jewish not just because it was kosher, but being in the space made me feel more Jewish.  Nearly every male patron’s head was […]

Is Keeping Kosher Relevant?

Posted by: erika on: September 6, 2011

It is clear by this post heading that I am not currently keeping kosher.  It is something that I’ve struggled with for over a year and something I do not yet have reconciliation for.  Relevant is a difficult term for me to wrestle with because the meaning isn’t, unfortunately as cut and dry as it […]

Shabbat Shalom

Posted by: erika on: September 2, 2011

Good morning, readers-A few house keeping details to get out of the way first. I have a post on Jewcy.com about feeling like a fish out of water as a New Jew without a synagogue home.  I got a really sweet e-mail from a reader who suggested that I commit to a congregation knowing that […]

7 Deadly Sins, well only 3

Posted by: erika on: September 1, 2011

Sloth.  Envy. Gluttony. Sloth. Since I lost my job in mid-June I’ve gotten up between 9-11 AM every morning.  After drinking a half pot of French Press Coffee I would hunker down to my computer and submit my cover letter and resume to no less than 10 organizations.  I would scour Craigslist, JewishJobs.com, Indeed, Idealist, […]


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