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Travel bLog Entry #5 – The Joys of Jewish Study

Posted by: erika on: July 19, 2016

Because of my limited Hebrew skills I’m limited in the classes that I can take at Pardes. So instead of pouring over a line in a tractate of Talmud word by word with a Hebrew/English dictionary, I get to spend my morning sessions talking about the Matriarchs and Patriarchs of Judaism (and I would argue […]

Will YOU Invest in Jewish Diversity Leadership?

Posted by: erika on: June 30, 2016

In FIVE DAYS I will be boarding a flight to Israel to spend three weeks at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies for their Summer Learning Intensive. I cannot begin to explain to ya’ll how excited I am about this endeavor. I’m thrilled to be doing some serious Jewish learning. I’m excited about living in […]

Heading (Back) to Israel

Posted by: erika on: June 20, 2016

In less than two weeks I will be going back to the Holy Land. A land that is holy to so many people and religious traditions and a land that is holy for me in my Jewish self and me in my Christian past. When I was home recently I listened to a lot of […]

Go Fund Me?

Posted by: erika on: May 17, 2016

This is the last post I will write about my upcoming learning trip to Israel and my Go Fund Me Campaign. Afterwards, just my own thoughts about life and Judaism and anticipating going back to Israel. So while I have you, assuming you’re still reading, I will take this moment to plead, beg, encourage, ask […]

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 […]

Leaving for Israel-Tomorrow!

Posted by: erika on: November 7, 2011

It is so beyond my comprehension that I actually wrote that blog title.  Crazy, but true I will be leaving for Israel tomorrow.  Blogging will continue to be spotty until I get back in 14 days!  

TWO WEEKS-Thank you.

Posted by: erika on: October 25, 2011

I don’t even know what to say.   I’m not even sure it’s real.  Well, of course it’s real-I have the tickets to prove it.  It just seems like such a shock and total surprise that it’s only two weeks away.  Even surprising because it’s happening because of you!  Adele, Michael H., Matthew, Elita, Samantha, Jason, […]

Goodbye Jewish Holiday Season!

Posted by: erika on: October 24, 2011

For over a month the Jewish Holidays come one after another.  Rosh Hashanah followed by Yom Kippur followed by Sukkot followed by Simchat Torah.  The weeks are filled with half work-weeks, food and fasts, joyous dancing and chest thumping.  It’s a sort of emotional roller coaster that when you get off you have to stand […]

23 Days Until Israel!

Posted by: erika on: October 16, 2011

Holy Schnikes!  This is a scheduled post and even writing it, knowing that 23 days is the future is blowing my mind and all of a sudden I feel like I should be making lists!  Augh!  I cannot believe that I am here, but I am-a little more than three weeks away from getting on […]

28 Days until Israel!

Posted by: erika on: October 11, 2011

I’m not quite sure I believe it myself!  I was in the shower this morning detangling my hair (which can take some time) reviewing my Hebrew.  I was debating whether or not I should buy some Israel guide books, thinking I had a month and a half to get everything in order-until I looked at […]

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