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Some things on my radar

Posted by: erika on: December 29, 2012

Hey Team! I hope those of you who celebrate enjoyed your Christmas holiday! I spent the holiday with M’s family in Texas. I wish I had more to report, but unfortunately on the third morning I woke up with a terrible hacking cough, stuffy nose, clogged sinuses and a terrible headache. I’m back home in […]

What’s a Jew to Do…On Christmas

Posted by: erika on: December 25, 2012

This Jew is in Texas. With her Jewish girlfriend celebrating…Christmas. It’s actually December 19th. I’m being smart and writing some scheduled posts in anticipation for my trip and the inability to get any writing done while I’m in Texas. I have to admit, I’m feeling a bit excited about being near a tree. M’s mother […]

Interview: Repair the World

Posted by: erika on: December 24, 2012

When Hurricane Sandy hit I sprung into action. Unfortunately that springing action did a number on my back. The back strain combined with carrying my computer to work every day since the Hurricane has resulted in a slow healing process and unfortunately a lack of volunteering. B’H there are many people still out there doing […]

All You Need is Love

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2012

Last year on September 10th Christian extremist, Terry Jones, showed up in Time Square wearing a shirt that read, “Everything I need to learn about Islam I learned on 9/11″. In a video just released by the New York Times yesterday passersby drowned out Jones’ hateful rhetoric by singing the Beatles Hit, “All You Need […]

Prayer for Peace and Understanding

Posted by: erika on: December 17, 2012

It’s impossible to know why terrible things happen, especially when they happen in horrific ways. I cannot imagine the pain, grief,┬ádevastation┬áthe community of Newtown, CT and the parents who lost their children are feeling. Words do not comfort and the pain is acute. Throughout the weekend there’s been a rally to amend gun control in […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah 2 for 1: Prayers for Peace

Posted by: erika on: December 14, 2012

***UPDATE*** Sending prayers of peace, blessing, love and healing to the families who lost loved ones and children in the horrific and tragic shooting in Connecticut. I work in a small Jewish non-profit where no one is talking about it (or talked about it). I didn’t realize what had happened until moments ago. I’m incredibly […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah:2 for 1-Punk Jews and Let’s Eat!

Posted by: erika on: December 12, 2012

I missed last night…I barely lit candles (had to blow them out). It was a crazy-long day that ended all the way up on the Upper West Side to watch a movie about Jews, what else? The movie in question, Punk Jews, is an hour-long look into the lives of Jews who live “on the […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah:How Do You Spell it?

Posted by: erika on: December 10, 2012

From the LeeVees hit (cheesy) Hanukkah Song

Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Where Does Hanukkah Come From?

Posted by: erika on: December 9, 2012

  Hanukkah is probably the most widely known Jewish holiday for Americans living outside of New York. Which is to say that if you’re a person who, say, grew up in Ohio when you thought Jewish you thought Hanukkah. The proximity to Christmas helped me to be a fair retail manager. I encouraged my associates […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Amazing Videos for Hanukkah

Posted by: erika on: December 8, 2012

The Maccabeats have a new song for Hanukkah. Four former Maccabeats members also got on the Hanukkah song train this season The Fountainheads are still running around Israel making videos Matisyahu was on Jay Leno on Thursday night and performed his latest Hanukkah song Some adorable children of the Conservative Movement put together this video […]


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