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Ask Erika-Do You Miss Jesus?

Posted by: erika on: February 23, 2015

I got the following email over on Facebook and have permission from the author to share it with all of ya’ll! Hi Erika I’m considering conversion. I was raised Christian but have since stopped attending a Christian church. I went to a Orthodox temple but found it too rigid. Now I am attending a Reform […]

My name is Erika Davis, and I’m an Evangelical Jew.

Posted by: erika on: November 21, 2014

First, let me just say that I really have no clue what an evangelical Christian is, really. I’m not sure if they’re the snake handling Christians or the subway (miss you, MTA) preachers. What I mean is that when someone comes to me to say that they’re thinking about converting to Judaism, I push encourage […]

Ask Erika: Conversion to Judaism as an AG Lesbian

Posted by: erika on: June 11, 2014

About two weeks ago I got an email from an AG-identified Lesbian from Jersey interested in conversion to Judaism. J asked a few questions, which I happily answered, but if you’re a queer person of color who converted to Judaism and have some pointers for J, please share them in the comments. I’ve been following […]

Ask Erika-Judaism or Islam?

Posted by: erika on: August 5, 2013

I posted a blog from my friend and fellow black, gay Jewish woman (and Rabbi-to-be) Sandra Lawson this weekend. In it, Sandra shared not only her rabbinic journey, but her Jewish journey. In her blog she wrote about the need for Jews to not necessarily proselytize, but to be more open to sharing Judaism with […]

Last week before Shabbat I got an email from a black woman in Atlanta who’s considering converting to Judaism. She also happens to be dating someone who is Jewish, so or course the assumption is that she’s converting for this man. One of the most lasting words of advice my rabbi gave me while converting […]

Ask Erika: What If I’m More Drawn to Islam?

Posted by: erika on: June 5, 2013

As is quite evident by my blog, my Facebook and Twitter likes, and previous posts I have so much love, honor and reverence for Islam. It is partially due to the fact that Islam is so similar to Judaism in religion, language, customs and food, but also to do with the fact that like Christianity, […]

Ask Erika:Is Conversion Necessary?

Posted by: erika on: October 12, 2012

I received the following question via Facebook and while I answered J’s question I began to ponder it more. So I decided to post my initial response to J and flush it out a bit as well. As always, if you’d like to ask me a question you can send me an e-mail at blackgayandjewish@gmail.com […]

Ask Erika: Nailing Down a rabbi during the Chaggim

Posted by: erika on: August 30, 2012

The chaggim are a particularly interesting time of year for rabbis who are extremely busy gearing up for the busiest time of year. Catching and holding their attention is not only hard, it’s close to impossible. Yet, it was right before the High Holidays in 2010 when I first approached a rabbi about my desire […]

Ask Erika: Orthodox? Reform? Conservative? Just Jewish.

Posted by: erika on: August 29, 2012

Receiving e-mails from you is one of the best things of this “job”. I don’t, in any way, consider myself an expert in conversion or Judaism. I started writing this blog to get my thoughts about conversion, Judaism, race, identity, etc. out of my head and into a safe space. I hoped that people would […]


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