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The Jewish Week is Covering Jews of Color!

Posted by: erika on: October 7, 2016

I’m so excited to see that popular Jewish paper and online source, The Jewish Week is covering Jews of Color this week! It’s always great to see Jews of Color getting more press and Gd willing, we’ll no longer need these “Special” pieces. But until that time comes, I’m happy to see it! According to […]

Jewish Grieving for a Non-Jewish Relative; Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: July 22, 2015

I woke up suddenly in the wee hours of the morning on March 5, 2014. It wasn’t my alarm that had woken me or my cell phone, which was next to my head and on vibrate. It was a feeling. I believe that if you ask a doula or birth worker, most will tell you […]

What Do I Wear on My Head?-A Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: February 21, 2015

When I was still in the process of converting to Judaism I found Jew in the City and her post about why Orthodox Jewish women cover their hair. The vlog didn’t speak to me. I don’t have a husband and I don’t find hair to be particularly sexual. Yet, I was intrigued and clicked my […]

Our Stories Our Voices

Posted by: erika on: February 13, 2015

My friend, Michael Twitty, writes a completely perfect response to the balagan of a new series, koshersoul on Lifetime TV.  I read his words and felt his anger and frustration because it seems that we Jews of Color, Jews of Color who are working towards Jewish Diversity Awareness, recognition and a seat at the table […]

On Being Jewish – A Cross-post from Ritualwell

Posted by: erika on: February 1, 2015

If you ask any convert to Judaism, they will likely tell you that as daunting as the conversion process can sometimes be, actually being a Jew can be harder that becoming one. Picking a rabbi and a community to anchor my conversion was the first step. After several months of shul shopping and ongoing conversations […]

Tipped Pendulum-#BlackLivesMatter-From Ferguson to NYC

Posted by: erika on: December 17, 2014

A Cross-Post from Ritualwell I was supposed to write about my continued transition to Jewish life in Seattle. I was putting the finishing touches on this, my second blog post for Ritualwell, when I saw via Facebook that the Staten Island Grand Jury in yet another case about excessive force and police violence against black […]

An East Coast Jew in the Pacific Northwest-RitualWell

Posted by: erika on: December 2, 2014

I’m so excited to share my first blog post on RitualWell! This is the first of in a series of blog posts that I will be writing for them. I hope that you will follow along. Enjoy! An amazing thing happened a few days ago. I was enjoying my lunch in the break room of […]

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot — it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that, I try to make sure my experiences are positive.” — Maya Angelou My first experience of Maya Angelou, who died this week at the age of 86, […]

Black and Jewish in New Orleans-Cross Post

Posted by: erika on: April 6, 2014

  This was originally posted on Brassy Brown. December of 2013 found me in San Diego, California this year, attending the fiftieth Biennial of the Women of Reform Judaism. Although, this was the organization’s centennial, WRJ actually began at my synagogue in 1900 as “the Sisterhood”, the name still used by most members. When I […]

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 […]


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