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MLK Day 2017

Posted by: erika on: January 14, 2017

There’s a lot of (completely valid) talk going on about this week’s black-ish episodeĀ regarding drumpf and black folks’ response. Anthony Anderson’s monologue was powerful and, unlike everything else this week, it didn’t bring immediate tears to my eyes. Instead I felt my mother come through my body and out of my mouth and I said […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mixed Multitudes Mix Up

Posted by: erika on: September 9, 2014

Today Tablet posted an article about Commandment Keepers/Hebrew Israelites/”Black Jews” I read the first paragraph and was instantly upset, again, that another “mainstream, left-leaning” Jewish online journal was doing sloppy reporting. I’ve written about why this is problematic a lot. Like a lot. Like, really a lot. And here’s the thing. I really don’t care […]


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