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Food For Thought-Tips for Shuls

Posted by: erika on: October 30, 2016

A friend I made at Pardes posted the “Food for Thought” (pictured above) on Facebook today and I thought (and commented) wouldn’t it be great if shuls passed these out for JOCs and Multiracial Jewish families? And instead of waiting for a shul to maybe do it, I thought I’d create one myself. If you’re […]

We Should be Working on Jewish Diversity Every Day

Posted by: erika on: June 25, 2016

I was browsing a few shuls in the Seattle/Tacoma area looking for the websites of prayer spaces that I have been in to be added to the Welcoming Synagogues list JMN has been curating for the last several years. As I browsed through some of the local synagogues I personally vetted I and noticed the […]

Back for Two Important Cross-Posts

Posted by: erika on: January 28, 2014

Every once in a while I’ll check to see what’s happening on the blog. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the continued support and readership-even in my sabbatical 🙂 I will say that I was shocked that my “Schvartze” piece from a few years ago was one of the most searched and […]

Question: Why is it so Hard to Find Brown Actors?

Posted by: erika on: November 14, 2013

Answer- It’s not. Noah, a new epic starring Russell Crowe as the man in the ark, is slated for release in late March 2014. And while the trailer looks awesome and I’m definitely going to see it, I can’t help but notice how fricking white everyone is. I’m not a militant black person. I’m not […]

My name is Erika, and I’m an Ashkenazi Jew

Posted by: erika on: August 28, 2012

I love Syrian cooking, I make a mean hummus, I eat kitynot on Pesach and yet, I’m an Ashkenazi Jew. As much as I try to deny it, as much as I’ve fought against it the truth cannot be denied. I may “look” Sephardic (or simply not what one expects an Ashkenazi Jew to look […]

On the Radio, Oh-Oh.

Posted by: erika on: July 14, 2012

Today I’m in Maine, presumably eating lobster on Shabbat, but a few weeks ago I was on the radio in the North Country on Radio 613. Episode 66: Rhythm in Flame and Jewish anti-racist blogging Tune-in to another great episode of your favourite Jewish politics/culture/religious practice radio show and podcast! In the first half of the […]

I know I said I wouldn’t cross-post…

Posted by: erika on: July 9, 2012

…but I couldn’t pass this one up. Rabbi Juan Mejia has been on my radar since I started to explore Judaism. His story is amazing, born in Columbia as Catholic, he learned his family had Jewish roots. He abandoned the desire to become a monk and instead re-established his connection to Judaism. I’ve heard some […]

This article was posted on the New Jersey Jewish News in January of 2011. I’m not sure how I missed it, but nonetheless, here you are. by Robert Wiener NJJN Staff Writer Rabbi Enan Francis grew up in Co-op City in the Bronx, the son of a Lubavitcher rabbi and the product of a multiracial […]

Guess What?! There are Non-White Jews in NYC!

Posted by: erika on: June 12, 2012

No shit. “The Israelites journeyed from from Raamses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on food, aside from children.  Moreover, a mixed multitude went up with them”-Exodus 12:37-38 I sound like a broken record, but clearly the lessons of history, of Torah, of geography and human migration needs to be continually told and re-learned. […]

This was originally posted on Haaretz.com yesterday I read this piece this morning after finding it on my Facebook timeline, posted by a colleague.  As I read this account of a woman in a situation similar to my own and countless other Jews of Color, I realized that the situation of community and the need […]


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