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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Bubala Please (Go Away)

Posted by: erika on: December 3, 2012

Have you seen this? I did…and I have some thoughts. You can read them over at The Sisterhood.  

This summer, Alina Adams wrote a piece for Kveller in which she explained why she thinks it’s important to hide certain aspects about children’s race, ethnicity or religion when convenient. She was interviewed for NPR this morning and I just don’t know what to think. Chava has written her thoughts here and I encourage people […]

More Questions You Should Never Ask a Jew of Color

Posted by: erika on: September 28, 2012

I wrote a post about this in June of 2011 and the questions are all the same and as a Jew of Color we hear them all of the time. The Help Questions: Do you work here? Do you know where room 101 is? Are you watching the children for this service? Do you need […]

My Interview with JewSchool

Posted by: erika on: September 19, 2012

Many thanks to the amazing Chanel Dubofsky for doing this interview.   Erika Davis is the Chief of Staff at Hazon. She also works as a freelance writer for The Sisterhood, Jewcy, Kveller and others while maintaining her personal blog Black, Gay and Jewish. Erika likes Syrian Jewish cooking and is convinced she makes the best hummus in Brooklyn. […]

“Latkes” Clarified.

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2011

Whoa, folks are really attached to Latkes.  Again, I get it.  They’re delicious.  I used latkes as a symbol of what is and is not considered “Jewish”.  Latkes are a part of normative Jewish culture for most American Jews, but not all Jews.  My point with my latke post was to say that Jewish culture […]

Changing the Face of Judaism/Judaism’s Changing Face

Posted by: erika on: March 2, 2011

A few conversion classes ago the rabbi asked how we thought we, a room full of Jews-to-be, would change Judaism.  We all gave answers and today, for some reason, two weeks later I’m still thinking about it.  As converts, we are changing Judaism and as a result the “face” of Judaism will be forever changed.  […]


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