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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 […]

A Cross-Post from Jewschool

Posted by: erika on: February 18, 2014

I wrote a guest post for Jewschool about JMN‘s Parlor Meeting. When there were rumbles about yet another Weather Event in New York on February 6th, I got considerably more anxious than I normally would have, given that I work from home (or wherever) and don’t own a car I have to dig out. If […]

When Hebrew Israelites Invade!

Posted by: erika on: February 17, 2014

I’ve written about Hebrew Israelites before and while I generally think that writing about Messianic Jews and Hebrew Israelites  gives these communities unnecessary press, I do have to share something that happened to me at Friday night service. I’ve mentioned before that my beloved shul’s music director has left. It’s thrown me into another and more […]

Merging my Black Southern Jewishness…on a Plate

Posted by: erika on: September 7, 2012

Black-eyed peas, collard greens and corn bread on January 1st were a staple in my home. My mother, a North Carolinian born in the south, raised in the north and still in the Midwest made sure that we ate a full plate of the beans and stewed greens. She said they’d bring us wealth and […]

“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 […]

Love the stranger-Black Jewish Relations

Posted by: erika on: September 14, 2010

I’m going to try to not jump to conclusions and give a certain website the benefit of the doubt before I delete them from my list serve and name names.  I’m a little angry, if I’m being frank I’m down right pissed.  I was browsing one of the regular Jewish websites I frequent late last week […]

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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