a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Archive for January 2015

On erev Shabbat last week I gave the below (sermon?) on MLK Day, #blacklivesmatter and Jewish responsibility. As I sat on the bimah with the rabbinical staff at Congregation Rodeph Sholom I started to feel uneasy. The congregation, from what I could see from my vantage point, was comprised of mostly white adults in their […]

Shabbat in NYC-MLK Service

Posted by: erika on: January 9, 2015

I’m so excited to be returning to the congregation I converted at for MLK Shabbat next Erev Shabbat! If you’re in the NYC Area, it would be amazing to see your smiling and supportive faces at Congregation Rodeph Sholom¬† I’m actually really, really nervous. I studied speech and theater in high school and took some […]

When I walk in the world I am seen first as black and second as a woman. I don’t necessarily “present” as a lesbian and when I identify myself as a Jew, I’m met with disbelief. Once the shock of being a black, lesbian Jew has settled people feel entitled to my story and want […]

MLK Day, ‘Selma’ and the Problem with Jews

Posted by: erika on: January 6, 2015

Please note that when I say “the Problem with Jews” I’m trying to wake you up, call attention to something, make you think. If you continue to read and still don’t “get” it and want to kvetch in the comments, please do so politely. Otherwise, your comment won’t get approved.¬† I haven’t seen the movie […]


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