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Ask Erika-Do You Miss Jesus?

Posted by: erika on: February 23, 2015

I got the following email over on Facebook and have permission from the author to share it with all of ya’ll! Hi Erika I’m considering conversion. I was raised Christian but have since stopped attending a Christian church. I went to a Orthodox temple but found it too rigid. Now I am attending a Reform […]

My name is Erika Davis, and I’m an Evangelical Jew.

Posted by: erika on: November 21, 2014

First, let me just say that I really have no clue what an evangelical Christian is, really. I’m not sure if they’re the snake handling Christians or the subway (miss you, MTA) preachers. What I mean is that when someone comes to me to say that they’re thinking about converting to Judaism, I push encourage […]

Ask Erika: How Do You Deal With the Guilt?

Posted by: erika on: October 29, 2013

A few weeks ago I got the following questions from a reader I’ll call C. C and I have emailed a few times back and forth about conversion to Judaism and coming out and the guilt we feel by hurting our loved ones. … Perhaps two, maybe three years ago I was home for a […]

Ask Erika-Judaism or Islam?

Posted by: erika on: August 5, 2013

I posted a blog from my friend and fellow black, gay Jewish woman (and Rabbi-to-be) Sandra Lawson this weekend. In it, Sandra shared not only her rabbinic journey, but her Jewish journey. In her blog she wrote about the need for Jews to not necessarily proselytize, but to be more open to sharing Judaism with […]

Last week before Shabbat I got an email from a black woman in Atlanta who’s considering converting to Judaism. She also happens to be dating someone who is Jewish, so or course the assumption is that she’s converting for this man. One of the most lasting words of advice my rabbi gave me while converting […]

Ask Erika: What If I’m More Drawn to Islam?

Posted by: erika on: June 5, 2013

As is quite evident by my blog, my Facebook and Twitter likes, and previous posts I have so much love, honor and reverence for Islam. It is partially due to the fact that Islam is so similar to Judaism in religion, language, customs and food, but also to do with the fact that like Christianity, […]

Ask Erika:Is Conversion Necessary?

Posted by: erika on: October 12, 2012

I received the following question via Facebook and while I answered J’s question I began to ponder it more. So I decided to post my initial response to J and flush it out a bit as well. As always, if you’d like to ask me a question you can send me an e-mail at blackgayandjewish@gmail.com […]


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