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Heading to Pardes This Summer!

Posted by: erika on: May 11, 2016

15 days ago I launched a Go Fund Me Page to help with my travel expenses to Israel this summer. If you’re a regular BGJ reader then that may sound familiar. It’s kind of crazy to think that it has been almost 5 years since my last trip to Israel. And it feels like it […]

Mezuzahs Every Where!

Posted by: erika on: December 14, 2011

  One of the first things I noticed when I got off of the plane in Tel Aviv was a mezuzah on the doorpost of the jet bridge.  I noticed them when I went into the passport screening room of the airport and then in the room to claim baggage.  They were literally on every doorpost in […]

I’m Going to Israel!

Posted by: erika on: September 22, 2011

After two weeks, twenty-nine donations, countless blog posts, blog RP, Tweets, RTs, and Facebook status updates I am going to Israel!  I’m going to Israel because of people like you.  I can’t say thank you enough and I’ll never be able to express my gratitude.  It sort of feels like the day that Rabbi L set […]

What Are You Thankful For Today?

Posted by: erika on: September 21, 2011

My good buddy Noah Aronson is celebrating a birthday today.  Along with my wonderful mother and about 3 other friends.  September 21st is apparently a popular birth date for friends and family.  It’s no secret that I have a bit of a man-crush on Noah.  The definition of a man-crush, in this lesbian’s opinion, is […]

So Close, but Shofar Away

Posted by: erika on: September 20, 2011

I wasn’t planning to continue to bog down my blog with the Please Help Send Me to Israel! web-a-thon.  Especially since I promised last week that it would only be a week-long event, but we’re only 3 days away from Friday, D-Day, and I’m still about $250 away from my new goal of $1000 to […]

What do the UK, California, and NYC have in Common?

Posted by: erika on: September 18, 2011

Give up?  They’re places that I’ve received donations from folks. It’s been 6 days since I first posted about my Israel Trip and the need for donations for the flight.  23 donations later and I’m at a loss for words and overwhelmed by the wonderful generosity of people.  It’s beyond comprehension and I’m flabbergasted every […]

7 Days to Help Send Me to Israel!

Posted by: erika on: September 16, 2011

If I someone were to tell me that this week would happen, I wouldn’t believe them.  It’s almost impossible to remember back to Monday morning when this week was just another week.  I was grateful to have two interviews lined up, but planned on spending the remaining five days as I had for the past four months-sending […]

Shofar Blowing 101

Posted by: erika on: September 15, 2011

Last year a friend of mine was heading back home to Israel for a visit.  Knowing that I was considering Judaism, she asked if she could bring me something from the Holy Land.  I thought about it, and asked for a shofar.  Dorin got back from Israel and maybe 7 months later I met my […]

Please Help Send Me to Israel!-3 Days

Posted by: erika on: September 14, 2011

What an amazing day!  I got my Paypal account up, running, verified and it’s ticking away, I’ve received two promissory notes, and at least a dozen donations today!  From people that I know and people that I’ve never met.  I don’t want to get my hopes up, but it looks like I’ll be making a […]

Help Send Me to Israel-4 More Days!

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2011

In four more days I’ll have to let the organization know whether I will be able to accept the scholarship they’ve offered me, or decline.  Here’s the E-Mail I received yesterday. Dear Erika, We are pleased to let you know that we are able to offer you the scholarship you requested in the amount of […]


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