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Mixed Multitudes Mix Up

Posted by: erika on: September 9, 2014

Today Tablet posted an article about Commandment Keepers/Hebrew Israelites/”Black Jews” I read the first paragraph and was instantly upset, again, that another “mainstream, left-leaning” Jewish online journal was doing sloppy reporting. I’ve written about why this is problematic a lot. Like a lot. Like, really a lot. And here’s the thing. I really don’t care […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why I do What I do

Posted by: erika on: June 21, 2012

Aliza Hausman, a Dominican-American Jewish woman, cyber-friend (hopefully real-live friend) and activist asked a question that I’ve been thinking about for a few days.  She asked, “if we stop saying it, then where will we be, where will our children and grandchildren be?” She was commenting on a recent post I wrote about race/racism and […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Do You Make a Jew?

Posted by: erika on: March 1, 2012

Ingredients Needed: Kevanah Rabbis (3) Mikveh Books Time (unlimited amounts) Dedication Patience Patience Patience

Jan Perry Seeks Higher Power

Posted by: erika on: January 3, 2012

On January 1st the Jewish Daily Forward posted this article about Jan Perry.  She’s an African American Jewish woman who’s got her eyes on the LA Mayoral seat.  


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