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When Hebrew Israelites Invade!

Posted by: erika on: February 17, 2014

I’ve written about Hebrew Israelites before and while I generally think that writing about Messianic Jews and Hebrew Israelites  gives these communities unnecessary press, I do have to share something that happened to me at Friday night service. I’ve mentioned before that my beloved shul’s music director has left. It’s thrown me into another and more […]

Don’t Throw the Shul out With the Music Director

Posted by: erika on: November 8, 2013

For the past few weeks I’ve gotten to shul and been disappointed. Not because our rabbi isn’t awesome, because he is…it’s just that it’s not quite the same without our song director. I’ve written about Joey a few times and I’d be lying if I said that he wasn’t the reason I joined the shul. […]

“…Shabbat’s gonna be a good, good night…”

Posted by: erika on: September 9, 2011

In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge nerd, bordering on dorky.  I can’t help it, nerds are cute.  Not to mention incredibly smart.  So my nerd moment is that almost every Shabbat this song sneaks into my head and I get super (duper) excited for Shabbat.  For some reason my early morning Shabbat preparations […]

Shabbat Shalom

Posted by: erika on: September 2, 2011

Good morning, readers-A few house keeping details to get out of the way first. I have a post on Jewcy.com about feeling like a fish out of water as a New Jew without a synagogue home.  I got a really sweet e-mail from a reader who suggested that I commit to a congregation knowing that […]

It’s really happening.  In 19 18days I will join the covenant of the Jewish people.  Let me just say it-it’s a bit scary but, at least I’m not a man 😉  All joking aside, it’s becoming so real and I’m having all sorts of panic and anxiety.  Not about my fate of Becoming Jewish, but of what happens […]

Shul Review

Posted by: erika on: July 25, 2011

I’ve mentioned in several posts that I think that all people should visit a Baptist church at least once in their lives.  There are churches in Harlem that are on guided tours of NYC.  Tourists can attend these churches and get an experience of what going to church in NYC is like.  I’m not sure how […]

Stand Up, Sit Down (bow, bow, bow)

Posted by: erika on: July 16, 2011

Oh the choreography of Jewish prayer.  So beautiful, so complex, so…difficult for me to get into. Is everyone looking at me because I’m bowing wrong? Is everyone looking at me because I’m not bowing? Why are we looking at the door? Is someone going to come into the door? Wouldn’t it be cool if the […]

I’m Back

Posted by: erika on: July 5, 2011

I just returned from a long weekend trip with friends.  Before we left for Upstate New York, I attended service at the synagogue known as BJ, B’nai Jeshurun.  I was first introduced to BJ in the book “From Ghetto to Ghetto-An African America Journey to Judaism” by Ernest H. Adams.  As I met more Jewish people, […]

4+ Questions

Posted by: erika on: July 1, 2011

During Pesach we ask The Four Questions in the hopes that it will lead the people around the table to ask more questions.  I am starting to understand that people preparing for their conversion ask a lot of questions as well.  I am one of those people.  I will amuse myself and you with flushing out […]

I <3 Shabbat

Posted by: erika on: May 29, 2011

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space.  Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to the holiness in time.” I looked forward to Friday every day last week.  I had the day off, I had a […]

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