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L’Shanah Tovah! Ketivah v’chatima tovah!

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2015

L’Shanah Tovah, BGJ readers! It’s so hard to believe that the year has already come and gone. I hate to admit it, but I’ve become a Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur Jew. I’ve only been to shul three times in 5775! 5775 has been a rough year with the move, adjusting to a new Jewish community and […]

Rosh Hashanah Baby

Posted by: erika on: September 24, 2013

A few days before I left for Isabella Freedman for the Ride I had the most vivid dream-My 1st Doula Mama was in labor! I woke up with a start and looked over at my phone (which was on vibrate but I slept through) she’d  text messaged me contraction times. As I looked at her text, […]

Erika Davis and the Totally Awesome Chag

Posted by: erika on: September 23, 2013

We’re 2.5 holidays in with one more to go and I’m so happy! I gotta tell you, guys. I haven’t felt this jazzed, inspired, awed and so moved by Judaism in a whole year. You may have noticed that sometime around Rosh Hashanah last year I sort of stopped blogging frequently. My normally inward thinking, reflective […]

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 […]

Back with a Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: March 18, 2013

I promise to start blogging again more regularly after Pesach. Until then, some thoughts on the situation with the YU rabbi. From the Jewish Daily Forward: I am lucky to have never heard the word nigger used towards me. As a black woman in the United States this is rare, even rarer since I spent […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah 2 for 1: Prayers for Peace

Posted by: erika on: December 14, 2012

***UPDATE*** Sending prayers of peace, blessing, love and healing to the families who lost loved ones and children in the horrific and tragic shooting in Connecticut. I work in a small Jewish non-profit where no one is talking about it (or talked about it). I didn’t realize what had happened until moments ago. I’m incredibly […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah:2 for 1-Punk Jews and Let’s Eat!

Posted by: erika on: December 12, 2012

I missed last night…I barely lit candles (had to blow them out). It was a crazy-long day that ended all the way up on the Upper West Side to watch a movie about Jews, what else? The movie in question, Punk Jews, is an hour-long look into the lives of Jews who live “on the […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Amazing Videos for Hanukkah

Posted by: erika on: December 8, 2012

The Maccabeats have a new song for Hanukkah. Four former Maccabeats members also got on the Hanukkah song train this season The Fountainheads are still running around Israel making videos Matisyahu was on Jay Leno on Thursday night and performed his latest Hanukkah song Some adorable children of the Conservative Movement put together this video […]

What To Expect During the High Holidays

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2012

These “What To Expect” posts are always inspired by people in my life, many who are on the same path I recently completed-converting to Judaism. I was recently asked what the High Holidays were like and was sort of stumped for an answer. I started and re-started this post and as you can see towards […]

Merging my Black Southern Jewishness…on a Plate

Posted by: erika on: September 7, 2012

Black-eyed peas, collard greens and corn bread on January 1st were a staple in my home. My mother, a North Carolinian born in the south, raised in the north and still in the Midwest made sure that we ate a full plate of the beans and stewed greens. She said they’d bring us wealth and […]


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