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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 […]


Posted by: erika on: July 25, 2012

The first time I heard the word schvartze was while watching Jews of Color Roundtable on The Jewish Chanel. I believe it was Yavilah McCoy who described hearing the word in school growing up-she and her siblings were the only blacks in their Crown Heights Hebrew school in the 70s. So when I was approached […]

“Jews are a lot like Black Folks”

Posted by: erika on: January 15, 2011

That’s what my mom said after we got back from shul last night.  I took her to CBE, not my shul but the shul I go to hear Noah sing every month.  Like always, the singing was amazing and because of CBE’s Human Rights Shabbat the chapel spilled out into the lobby of the synagogue.  […]

I survived Christmas and ate Chinese food, too

Posted by: erika on: December 26, 2010

First things first, did you read my post on the Sisterhood??  If not, go read it and come back.  I’ll wait. It’s true.  I ordered Chinese food on Christmas afternoon.  The original plan was to make some eggs and enjoy a mimosa while watching endless episodes of The L Word on Netflix.  I opened Mirs’ […]

This is going to be one long post, but I will try to be as concise as possible without sounding like I’m rattlling off fun-facts of my previous week.  It’s probably best to start with the most recent and work my way back to last Friday, my Hanukkah party. 1.  Shabbat, this week. I met […]

Back soon with exciting news!

Posted by: erika on: December 9, 2010

Hanukkah is over and what a doozy it was!  I’ll be back to updating later this weekend but so much fun to discuss. 1.  Our raging Hanukkah Party 2.  Sheer joy of lighting the menorah for 8 days 3.  Jews for Racial and Economic Justice Event 4.  My podcast for the Jewish Forward. Exciting, right?  […]

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