a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

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Posted on: January 19, 2012

I write for all sorts of Jewish websites.  At American Jewish World Service (where I’m employed) I contribute to the Pursue blog as well as the Where Do You Give blog.  I write for Jewcy and have a few pieces on Sh’ma (which reminds me I have a deadline).  I’ve written for Alef Next and Tribe Vibe.

I can now add Kveller and EJewishPhilanthropy to the list!

Trying to figure tzedakah into my life is no walk in the park.  I try to set aside money, and do empty my pockets into a tzedakah sack at the end of the day, but it’s definitely not 10%, it’s barely even 2% of my income.  To say that funds are tight is an understatement-it feels like I’m in financial quick sand.  Yet, I try to figure out how I can righteously give in other ways.  Does tzedakah only have to be about money?  I don’t think so.  I enjoy reading EJewish Philanthropy because the articles are always informative and inspirational-it helps me to remember that being a Jew isn’t just about giving money, it’s about making giving-whether that be of funds, time, or prayers-a part of your  every day life.

Kveller is a secret, now not-so-secret obsession of mine.  I may or may not have found my Hebrew name by going through their site.  I may or may not read about breastfeeding, brit milah, day cares, etc. on a daily basis.  Motherhood is on my mind a lot.  Okay all of the time-every day, at least once an hour.  Seeing a cute child walking down the street, seeing a baby being pushed in a stroller, talking to my nephews on the phone-it all makes my ovaries ache.  I don’t know when we’ll have babies, it’s one of the more tricky parts of being a lesbian.  I can’t just “accidentally” get knocked up.  Having a child means talking donors and birth plans and who gets pregant first and are we ready and will we every be ready.  It’s a lot of talking before actually doing.  So talking is starting and, In shaa’Allah, when it happens it happens.

 I hope you enjoy my latest pieces on Kveller and EJewish Philanthropy.

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