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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 […]

Ohhh, Project!

Posted by: erika on: February 19, 2014

So it’s no surprise that M and I are engaged and we’re 34 which means that we’re also trying to have a baby! I’ve been blogging about it for a year under a pen name. I’m not ready to reveal that just yet, but what I am doing is working on a project called A […]

High Holiday Guide

Posted by: erika on: August 30, 2013

After writing the piece on The Sisterhood about the sometimes woes that new Jews sometimes feel on the High Holidays, I decided to compile a list of welcoming, inclusive synagogues in and around the NY Area. I hoped to have a mightier list, but alas, this is what happens when you plan something at the […]

Day Three in Far Rockaway

Posted by: erika on: November 6, 2012

A cross-post from The Sisterhood. In the Far Rockaways, there is no Red Cross relief, no FEMA, no National Guard shuttling in supplies for the elderly Polish and Russian Jews living in high rises without power or heat. There is no relief for the poor black and Latino families living in low-income housing. The lights […]

Beyond the Mission Statement

Posted by: erika on: July 4, 2012

Beyond the Mission Statement was written for and posted on the RJBlog. Have a good July 4th!   My path to Judaism is similar to most Jews by choice. After years of spiritual searching and longing, I turned toward Judaism because of the tradition, because it is the seed of monotheistic religion, because it’s where […]

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 […]

Imitation is The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Posted by: erika on: February 14, 2012

I suppose so, but when done incorrectly I tend to think of it as plagiary.  Yesterday afternoon I was browsing Facebook when I noticed a post from a friend with a strangely familiar title, “All Jews Don’t Look Like Barbara Streisand.”  The small snippet that Facebook  reveals always shows a few lines and as I […]

Did You Know?

Posted by: erika on: January 19, 2012

I write for all sorts of Jewish websites.  At American Jewish World Service (where I’m employed) I contribute to the Pursue blog as well as the Where Do You Give blog.  I write for Jewcy and have a few pieces on Sh’ma (which reminds me I have a deadline).  I’ve written for Alef Next and […]


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