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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 […]

Question: Why is it so Hard to Find Brown Actors?

Posted by: erika on: November 14, 2013

Answer- It’s not. Noah, a new epic starring Russell Crowe as the man in the ark, is slated for release in late March 2014. And while the trailer looks awesome and I’m definitely going to see it, I can’t help but notice how fricking white everyone is. I’m not a militant black person. I’m not […]

Is This How Judaism is for You?

Posted by: erika on: October 2, 2013

An article is fast circulating the Jewishsphere the past two days. “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” an article by the Pew Report has even made it’s way to the NY Times with various comments and commentary on a variety of Jewish Facebook groups and Twitter Feeds. As a JBC, the article doesn’t necessarily apply to […]

All You Need is Love

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2012

Last year on September 10th Christian extremist, Terry Jones, showed up in Time Square wearing a shirt that read, “Everything I need to learn about Islam I learned on 9/11”. In a video just released by the New York Times yesterday passersby drowned out Jones’ hateful rhetoric by singing the Beatles Hit, “All You Need […]

Ask Erika: Nailing Down a rabbi during the Chaggim

Posted by: erika on: August 30, 2012

The chaggim are a particularly interesting time of year for rabbis who are extremely busy gearing up for the busiest time of year. Catching and holding their attention is not only hard, it’s close to impossible. Yet, it was right before the High Holidays in 2010 when I first approached a rabbi about my desire […]

Ask Erika: Orthodox? Reform? Conservative? Just Jewish.

Posted by: erika on: August 29, 2012

Receiving e-mails from you is one of the best things of this “job”. I don’t, in any way, consider myself an expert in conversion or Judaism. I started writing this blog to get my thoughts about conversion, Judaism, race, identity, etc. out of my head and into a safe space. I hoped that people would […]

How Jewish is Your Home?

Posted by: erika on: August 3, 2012

We’re currently planning a house warming party complete with a Chanukat Ha’Bayit to be performed by a friend and awesome  rabbi. In talking last night we pondered the ethics of performing any sort of religious ceremony in a home that isn’t owned by us. Our landlord is not Jewish so is it unethical to make […]

It’s Time to Buckle Down

Posted by: erika on: April 25, 2012

For the past few months I’ve been floating between one particular synagogue.  I say floating because I actually haven’t been to service in well-over a month.  Mainly because of the deep depression I was in (unemployed for 6mos), partially because it’s still a schlep from my house (why are there zero liberal synagogues in BedStuy?), […]

Mixed Mulitudes on Pesach

Posted by: erika on: March 29, 2012

Written for the Pursue blog The other day I had an interesting conversation with one of my friends about Passover. She’d just received an invitation to attend the seder of a perfect stranger—well, almost a perfect stranger. During a business interaction, my friend’s client, who is an identifiable Orthodox Jewish woman, noticed my friend, somewhat […]

Do We Really Know What Gd Wants?

Posted by: erika on: March 14, 2012

“I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.” -Susan B. Anthony As a social media personality you have access to a wide array of people.  People who agree with what you’re doing and people who don’t and while I don’t hope that everyone will agree […]


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