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Joe? Your name is Joe?

Posted by: erika on: June 26, 2012

Confession, I’ve watched “You’ve Got Mail” more times than I can remember. I owned it on VHS and watched it at least once a month when I was living in Toledo, Ohio. I loved living in Kathleen Kelly’s seemingly perfect world. I loved her quirkiness, her brilliance, her outfits. I thought she got the best […]

Manic Monday

Posted by: erika on: June 25, 2012

It’s a bit of a crazy day. It’s raining in NYC again after glorious weekend weather the skies opened up this morning just as Miriam and I were heading to the train.  We huddled under her blue umbrella as it literally started to pour.  Her left side and my right side were completely soaked through, […]

18 Ways to Welcome Interracial Families

Posted by: erika on: June 23, 2012

Shabbat Shalom! Here’s some reading for your Saturday. If you have more ideas/ways synagogues can be more welcoming or open please include them in the comments below. Erika   From RJ.org By Kate Bigam A recent study shows that approximately 87,000 Jewish households identify as “multiracial or nonwhite”… in New York alone! What is your […]

The Jewish Geography Project

Posted by: erika on: June 21, 2012

Not the kind you’re thinking of.  Real geography.  Go take out a map of the world and a copy of the Tanakh and let’s play! Each week I’m going to go through the Tanakh, page by page until I come to a land mass, mention of a land, or mention of a geographical feature.  I’ll […]

Why I do What I do

Posted by: erika on: June 21, 2012

Aliza Hausman, a Dominican-American Jewish woman, cyber-friend (hopefully real-live friend) and activist asked a question that I’ve been thinking about for a few days.  She asked, “if we stop saying it, then where will we be, where will our children and grandchildren be?” She was commenting on a recent post I wrote about race/racism and […]

Talking Honestly About Jews and Racisim

Posted by: erika on: June 13, 2012

My post on The Sisterhood is live.  Here’s a small snippet- A few week ago I had two very different experiences having to do with my necklace. At a party a friend of a friend asked about the Chai around my neck and then asserted that there weren’t any black Jews. On the ride home […]

Guess What?! There are Non-White Jews in NYC!

Posted by: erika on: June 12, 2012

No shit. “The Israelites journeyed from from Raamses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on food, aside from children.  Moreover, a mixed multitude went up with them”-Exodus 12:37-38 I sound like a broken record, but clearly the lessons of history, of Torah, of geography and human migration needs to be continually told and re-learned. […]

Manic Monday

Posted by: erika on: June 11, 2012

I’ve been trying to figure out how to move the blog forward in a way that continues to be inspiring, educational, fun, and motivational.  As I near my one-year Jewish anniversary I want to get back into blogging with more regularity so hopefully that will shine through. Today I want to focus on some news […]

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: erika on: June 8, 2012

This week has been interesting. A lot happened-some of it good, some of it is causing a lot of reflection, and some of it has been frustrating.  The beautiful thing is that tonight is Shabbat and while I don’t know how the gluten-free challah that I’m bringing to dinner will turn out, it’s nice to […]

This was originally posted on Haaretz.com yesterday I read this piece this morning after finding it on my Facebook timeline, posted by a colleague.  As I read this account of a woman in a situation similar to my own and countless other Jews of Color, I realized that the situation of community and the need […]


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