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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!)  […]

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 […]

Jewish Community

Posted by: erika on: June 20, 2011

I’ve interviewed several extraordinary Jewish people for my blog and for other sites.  In those interviews I like to ask a seemingly simple question.  Define Jewish Community.  I am always pleasantly surprised at the answers I get and wanted to throw it out to my readers. This week I will be sitting down with two […]

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 […]

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.  […]

New Jews; Blessing or Annoyance?

Posted by: erika on: December 7, 2010

I’m one of those people who believe that when you say something, “joking” it’s your way of saying the thing that you truly wish to say but do not for fear of hurting someone, upsetting someone, or disagreeing with someone.  You don’t feel comfortable, for whatever reason, saying what you mean to say outright so […]

According to the BBC News the rapper Shyne, from P-Diddy nightclub shooting fame has emerged from his 10 year jail sentence as a Chasidic Jew.  Born of an Ethiopian Jewish mother in Belize, Shyne, or Moshe ben David-his Hebrew name, decided to put down the guns and pick up the Torah while in prison.  I’ll be honest, I have […]

The Case for Christmas

Posted by: erika on: November 14, 2010

Yesterday Mirs and I had an intense and impassioned discussion about Christmas.  I’m not sure how the topic was brought up while we enjoyed brunch after hours of spending money to help improve NYC’s economy in SoHo (shopping).  We sat down at a cute brunch location on Elizabeth street and ordered food.  By the time […]


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