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Archive for July 2012

‘Torah does not differentiate between our races’

Posted by: erika on: July 5, 2012

This article was posted on the New Jersey Jewish News in January of 2011. I’m not sure how I missed it, but nonetheless, here you are. by Robert Wiener NJJN Staff Writer Rabbi Enan Francis grew up in Co-op City in the Bronx, the son of a Lubavitcher rabbi and the product of a multiracial […]

Beyond the Mission Statement

Posted by: erika on: July 4, 2012

Beyond the Mission Statement was written for and posted on the RJBlog. Have a good July 4th!   My path to Judaism is similar to most Jews by choice. After years of spiritual searching and longing, I turned toward Judaism because of the tradition, because it is the seed of monotheistic religion, because it’s where […]

One Year Jewish Birthday

Posted by: erika on: July 3, 2012

On August 17, 2011 I boarded the C Train at Nostrand in Bedstuy, Brooklyn and made my way to the Upper West Side. I had butterflies in my stomach and my legs felt as if they weighed one ton each. I’d forgotten to eat and by the time I willed my bricks-for-legs from Central Park […]

The Jewish Geography Project Round Two

Posted by: erika on: July 2, 2012

Welcome back to The Jewish Geography Project! The past few weeks has been pretty amazing. I wrote articles for two prominent Jewish online publications and interviewed with two international media outlets. I’ve been talking about race, racism and the Jewish people and try as I might, I sometimes give into the temptation and read the […]


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