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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 […]

I have so much to say about this, but for now I’m going to cross post this piece that is more eloquent than anything I could muster right now. If you can’t see based on this, the countless others who have died at the hands of police in the last 3-5 years, the countless anonymous […]

Our Stories Our Voices

Posted by: erika on: February 13, 2015

My friend, Michael Twitty, writes a completely perfect response to the balagan of a new series, koshersoul on Lifetime TV.  I read his words and felt his anger and frustration because it seems that we Jews of Color, Jews of Color who are working towards Jewish Diversity Awareness, recognition and a seat at the table […]

On Being Jewish – A Cross-post from Ritualwell

Posted by: erika on: February 1, 2015

If you ask any convert to Judaism, they will likely tell you that as daunting as the conversion process can sometimes be, actually being a Jew can be harder that becoming one. Picking a rabbi and a community to anchor my conversion was the first step. After several months of shul shopping and ongoing conversations […]

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 […]

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 […]


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