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Praying With Our Legs in 2017-Cross Post

Posted by: erika on: January 9, 2017

I wrote the following blog post for Repair the World about the idea of praying with our legs in 2017 (and the next 4 years) with the upcoming trump administration and the world of hurt it’s already raining down. Yes, I said legs, not feet. Hundreds of years before Heschel talked about praying with his […]

Food For Thought-Tips for Shuls

Posted by: erika on: October 30, 2016

A friend I made at Pardes posted the “Food for Thought” (pictured above) on Facebook today and I thought (and commented) wouldn’t it be great if shuls passed these out for JOCs and Multiracial Jewish families? And instead of waiting for a shul to maybe do it, I thought I’d create one myself. If you’re […]

An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Posted by: erika on: October 11, 2016

An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives: In our hearts it is written, and on the streets it is sealed: Who shall live, and who shall die Who with hands up, who holding his ID; Who while selling ciggies, who peddling CDs; Who in cold blood, who by chokehold. In the law books it is written, […]

The Jewish Week is Covering Jews of Color!

Posted by: erika on: October 7, 2016

I’m so excited to see that popular Jewish paper and online source, The Jewish Week is covering Jews of Color this week! It’s always great to see Jews of Color getting more press and Gd willing, we’ll no longer need these “Special” pieces. But until that time comes, I’m happy to see it! According to […]

So, How Was Israel?

Posted by: erika on: August 8, 2016

This is a question I’ve been asked for the past two weeks, and it makes sense. I did just spend an entire month funding for my trip to Israel and then almost one month in the country. Folks want to know. What did I do, where did I go? Did I engage in the conflict? […]

Can you be a “normal” person and be religious? This is a question I’ve been rolling around in my head for sometime that is now being asked much more loudly since my return from Israel and studying at Pardes. Tomorrow makes one week exactly sinceĀ I’ve been back in the U.S and my heartache for Jerusalem […]

Travel bLog #4-Black and Jewish in the Holy Land

Posted by: erika on: July 15, 2016

WARNING: RAMBLING STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS AHEAD   I posted on FB earlier this week that Jerusalem has been a much welcomed (albeit slightly guilt-ridden) respite from the continuous killing of black bodies in the U.S. And while I would’ve loved to join friends across the States in protest, marches and demonstrations, the realities of the […]

We Should be Working on Jewish Diversity Every Day

Posted by: erika on: June 25, 2016

I was browsing a few shuls in the Seattle/Tacoma area looking for the websites of prayer spaces that I have been in to be added to the Welcoming Synagogues list JMN has been curating for the last several years. As I browsed through some of the local synagogues I personally vetted I and noticed the […]

Heading (Back) to Israel

Posted by: erika on: June 20, 2016

In less than two weeks I will be going back to the Holy Land. A land that is holy to so many people and religious traditions and a land that is holy for me in my Jewish self and me in my Christian past. When I was home recently I listened to a lot of […]

You’re Never Too Young To Learn About Racism

Posted by: erika on: June 6, 2016

For the past 10 days I’ve been back home in Ohio. The majority of the time I was here to take care of my three nephews; boys aged 9 and under. Most readers will remember that their mother, my sister (z”l), passed away from complications of long-term drug abuse. Since her death my parents have […]


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