a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Archive for December 2014

Christmas Missing II

Posted by: erika on: December 24, 2014

Now that Hanukkah is behind us, well almost, and it’s Christmas Eve I’m experiencing a new kind of Christmas missing. Which has less to do with being Jewish in a city that’s more difficult to be a Jew, and more to do with memories of Christmas’ past, my family, my sister and feeling so far […]

Tipped Pendulum-#BlackLivesMatter-From Ferguson to NYC

Posted by: erika on: December 17, 2014

A Cross-Post from Ritualwell I was supposed to write about my continued transition to Jewish life in Seattle. I was putting the finishing touches on this, my second blog post for Ritualwell, when I saw via Facebook that the Staten Island Grand Jury in yet another case about excessive force and police violence against black […]

Christmas Missing I

Posted by: erika on: December 16, 2014

For the first time in over 4 years I actually miss Christmas. Living in New York, Christmas comes in with a bang. Between the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, the tree at Rockefeller Center and the lights strung up in neighborhoods, Christmas is all around you. The music gets stuck in your head as you […]

#BlackLivesMatter and Yes, it’s Important to Say

Posted by: erika on: December 10, 2014

Last Tuesday was a hard one for me. When the Grand Jury in Staten Island returned a non-indictment verdict in the choking death of Eric Garner, another black man in a long line of black men who have died at the hands of police, was enraged. My responsibilities for the day were pushed aside and […]

Not So Special

Posted by: erika on: December 3, 2014

There’s something quite precious about naivety. There’s an innocence that sometimes boarders on delusion, but it’s sweet. Well, that’s at least how I like to think about my own naivety in relation to becoming Jewish. I had so many questions; first and foremost was how I, a black, gay woman, could be a Jew. I […]

An East Coast Jew in the Pacific Northwest-RitualWell

Posted by: erika on: December 2, 2014

I’m so excited to share my first blog post on RitualWell! This is the first of in a series of blog posts that I will be writing for them. I hope that you will follow along. Enjoy! An amazing thing happened a few days ago. I was enjoying my lunch in the break room of […]

Seattle Shul Shopping

Posted by: erika on: December 1, 2014

Two Fridays ago I decided to take the rainy trek to the shul in my neighborhood. It was about a 20 minute walk and as I got closer to the synagogue an old, yet familiar, sensation overwhelmed my body. Nervousness. Real, honest, pit in my stomach nervousness. I actually hadn’t felt that sick with nerves […]


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