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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 […]

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 […]

Talking Honestly About Jews and Racisim

Posted by: erika on: June 13, 2012

My post on The Sisterhood is live.  Here’s a small snippet- A few week ago I had two very different experiences having to do with my necklace. At a party a friend of a friend asked about the Chai around my neck and then asserted that there weren’t any black Jews. On the ride home […]

Walking through, around, and under R. Justin Stewart’s sculptural installation, “Distorting (a messiah project, 13C),” doesn’t immediately bring to mind the idea of the ‘messiah’—though, as Stewart’s website explains, the “intricate web of fleece, rope, and plastic is a three-dimensional representation of the concept of the messiah, as it existed in the 13th century.” Yet […]

Gefilteria Launch Party

Posted by: erika on: March 9, 2012

This was originally posted on Jewcy.com Last Pesach, I was invited to my first seder at the home of one of The Gefilteria’s founders, Liz Alpern, and once again I came face-to-face with gefilte fish. It looked different than the stuff in the jar, but I was still unsure of the piece of food on […]

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