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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 since I’ve been back in the U.S and my heartache for Jerusalem […]

Travel bLog #8 – Coming Down

Posted by: erika on: July 25, 2016

As much as I consider myself to be a kind, loving, caring, giving person, I have a tendency to push people away. This usually happens when I know something they don’t know that may or may not be good or bad for them, when a hard decision needs to be made, or when I come […]

We Will Not Hide

Posted by: erika on: June 24, 2016

Last year the United States Supreme Court ruled that love is love. And while Marriage Equality is only one step in a long marathon of rights that LGBTQ people not only need but deserve as citizens of the United States, it was a big step. I remember feeling elated. I cried. I hugged and kissed […]

Ask Erika: Conversion to Judaism as an AG Lesbian

Posted by: erika on: June 11, 2014

About two weeks ago I got an email from an AG-identified Lesbian from Jersey interested in conversion to Judaism. J asked a few questions, which I happily answered, but if you’re a queer person of color who converted to Judaism and have some pointers for J, please share them in the comments. I’ve been following […]

On the Radio, Oh-Oh.

Posted by: erika on: July 14, 2012

Today I’m in Maine, presumably eating lobster on Shabbat, but a few weeks ago I was on the radio in the North Country on Radio 613. Episode 66: Rhythm in Flame and Jewish anti-racist blogging Tune-in to another great episode of your favourite Jewish politics/culture/religious practice radio show and podcast! In the first half of the […]

Manic Monday

Posted by: erika on: June 25, 2012

It’s a bit of a crazy day. It’s raining in NYC again after glorious weekend weather the skies opened up this morning just as Miriam and I were heading to the train.  We huddled under her blue umbrella as it literally started to pour.  Her left side and my right side were completely soaked through, […]

Big Gay Israel Trip-Season Two

Posted by: erika on: May 22, 2012

Last November I had the most extraordinary experience with twenty other LGBTQ Jews in Israel.  To say that it was rainbows and unicorns the entire time would be a lie-Israel is hard.  It’s full of contradictions of beauty, religion and justice.  I knew that I had to go and I hope to return again this […]

My new BFF

Posted by: erika on: May 21, 2012

On Wednesday night I interviewed Yitz Jordan, aka Y-Love for Jewcy.com. From Jewy.com:  “Hip hop artist Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan is more committed than ever to his Judaism. “Just because I came out doesn’t mean that I’ll start eating bread on Pesach or won’t observe the holidays,” Jordan explained passionately. “What does one have to do […]

Yet another Black Gay Jew!

Posted by: erika on: May 15, 2012

A while back I heard something that I wanted to shout from the rooftops.  A dear friend of mine mentioned in passing that she’d seen my favorite black Jewish rapper, Y-Love, rockin’ out at a gay bar.  My eyebrows shot up and a smile spread across my face just as quickly as she told me […]


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