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MLK Day 2017

Posted by: erika on: January 14, 2017

There’s a lot of (completely valid) talk going on about this week’s black-ish episode regarding drumpf and black folks’ response. Anthony Anderson’s monologue was powerful and, unlike everything else this week, it didn’t bring immediate tears to my eyes. Instead I felt my mother come through my body and out of my mouth and I said […]

Post-Racial My Ass

Posted by: erika on: February 25, 2014

This morning I browsed the New York Times on my phone while waiting for my rather late train, “Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple with Racial Tensions”.  I read the title and was immediately angry and frustrated, I thought the term “Colorblind” went out of vogue 10 years ago. In the news media and in popular culture, […]

Welcome to Arizona, Unless You’re Gay (or appear to be)…

Posted by: erika on: February 20, 2014

…or you’re black or brown or another non-white variant. Please don’t come if you’re a white person who is married to someone who isn’t white. Or if you wear something on your head for religious purposes, or G-d forbid, you wear something on your face for religious purposes. Please don’t speak a language other than […]

Mourning Trayvon Martin on Tisha B’Av

Posted by: erika on: July 15, 2013

When MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said on Sunday evening that our country makes her wish away black sons I felt a pit grow in my stomach. As we start to think about starting a family I’m struck and also worried. What if we have sons. Because we’re a biracial couple, we’re searching for donors who will reflect […]

Guess What?! There are Non-White Jews in NYC!

Posted by: erika on: June 12, 2012

No shit. “The Israelites journeyed from from Raamses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on food, aside from children.  Moreover, a mixed multitude went up with them”-Exodus 12:37-38 I sound like a broken record, but clearly the lessons of history, of Torah, of geography and human migration needs to be continually told and re-learned. […]

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 […]

“Jewfro vs. Afro”

Posted by: erika on: June 14, 2011

I’m fascinated by the correlations between Black Americans and Jewish Americans.  It’s not just hair.  I’m working on a larger essay that I will never be completely happy with but let me just say this.  We’re not as different as we’d like to think. 1.  Greens and Black Eyed Peas Ever since I was a little […]

Shana Tovah!

Posted by: erika on: September 8, 2010

Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashanah, or Rosh Hashanah Eve and it is the start of a lot of things for me.  First and foremost, it’s the beginning of my year of observing kashrut, or Kosher dietary laws.  My style of kosher will definitely not be “kosher” in that there are many things that I cannot functionally […]


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