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A few weeks ago I pitched the below to the editor of a popular Jewish website.  It didn’t get published so I decided to go with my first instinct (always trust ’em) and publish it here. I’m a little frustrated because I wanted this read by a larger and broader Jewish audience.  I cherish my […]

What Does a Jew Look Like?

Posted by: erika on: March 22, 2012

What does a Jew look like? Answer: like anyone you might see on the street. Whatever ethnicity, whatever denomination, a Jew is someone who calls themselves a Jew. Saying that someone does or does not “look like a Jew” is inaccurate, stereotyping, and downright offensive, and in fact stems from anti-Semitic propaganda. This blog is […]

You’re Never Too Old for Camp

Posted by: erika on: October 19, 2011

There ia a documentary about racially and ethnically diverse Jews in which an Asian Jewish woman says something to the effect of, “People always say, ‘You’re the new face of Judaism’ and I say, no I’m the old face of Judaism” (If anyone knows this clip, please let me know so I can link it!)  […]

Who is a Jew?

Posted by: erika on: August 15, 2011

Most popular search term for my blog today is, “What Color is a Jew?”  People rarely ask, “What color is a Muslim?”  or “What color is a Christian?”  They always ask, “What color is a Jew”  Here are a few Jews I know…and some I do not know. They’re all Jews, and we come in all colors, […]

Black and Jewish

Posted by: erika on: July 24, 2011

On Friday night I posted a little Shabbat treat for ya’ll.  The hilarious Black and Jewish parody that’s been floating around the internet from the website Funny or Die.  It’s been getting a very mixed review.  There are a few feeds on Facebook and other sites where people are giving this parody a lot of […]

Things You Should Never Ask a Jew of Color

Posted by: erika on: June 28, 2011

…or anyone for that matter. I’m back.  It has been a bit of a whirl wind.  This unemployment thing leaves little to be desired.  I’ve been working my ass off trying to re-write my resume, interviewing and chatting with a lot of great people and great organizations.  Not to mention last weekend was Pride in […]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted by: erika on: March 8, 2011

What, you didn’t know it was International Women’s Day.  You probably did, only because Google said so but it’s been 100 years that the day existed.  I wrote an article on Hollaback!.  Take a moment to check it out and then let’s get back to talking about being Jews. Yesterday at work I met two […]

Brief Monday Post…with a Video

Posted by: erika on: March 7, 2011

I’m really excited to see this documentary by Punk Jews.

How do you Jew?

Posted by: erika on: March 3, 2011

I’m well, how do you Jew? Hahaha!  Okay, bad joke but I thought it was pretty funny in a really corny way.  I was sitting on the subway early this morning leaving Mirs’ doing what I normally do on the subway-Praying.  I don’t know why I’ve taken to doing it on the subway, it’s not exactly […]

Changing the Face of Judaism/Judaism’s Changing Face

Posted by: erika on: March 2, 2011

A few conversion classes ago the rabbi asked how we thought we, a room full of Jews-to-be, would change Judaism.  We all gave answers and today, for some reason, two weeks later I’m still thinking about it.  As converts, we are changing Judaism and as a result the “face” of Judaism will be forever changed.  […]

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