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Go Fund Me?

Posted by: erika on: May 17, 2016

This is the last post I will write about my upcoming learning trip to Israel and my Go Fund Me Campaign. Afterwards, just my own thoughts about life and Judaism and anticipating going back to Israel. So while I have you, assuming you’re still reading, I will take this moment to plead, beg, encourage, ask […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jewish Geography Project:Toldot

Posted by: erika on: November 2, 2013

This week’s parasha is Toldot-when Esau sells his birthright to his brother, Jacob. Isaac and his family have still remained for quite some time in the land. Chapter 26 1 There was a famine in the land-aside from the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham-and Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the […]

Jewish Geography Project: Chayei Sara

Posted by: erika on: November 1, 2013

Genesis 23.1-25.18 This translation was taken from the JPS Tanakh Chapter 23 …2 Sarah died in Kiriath-arba-now Hebron-in the land of Canaan; and Abraham proceeded to mourn for Sarah and to bewail her. 3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead, and spoke to the Hittites, saying, 4 “I am a resident alien among you; sell me a burial site […]

Jewish Geography Project: Lekh Lekha

Posted by: erika on: October 10, 2013

And the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.                       א. וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל אַבְרָם לֶךְ לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ: Go forth: Heb. לֶךְ לְךָ, lit. go to you, for your […]

Jewish Geography Project: Noah

Posted by: erika on: October 4, 2013

“…so that in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” Bere’shit 8:4 “In Syrian tradition, as well as in Quranic tradition, the specific summit of the “Mountains of Ararat” where Noah’s ark landed is identified as Mount Judi in what is today Şırnak Province, Southeastern Anatolia Region, Turkey. In the Armenian tradition and Western Christianity, […]

Jewish Geography Project: Bereshit

Posted by: erika on: October 3, 2013

Last June I started the Jewish Geography Project and it sort of fizzled away. This year, I am committed to working on it and, well, damn I’m already a parasha (Torah portion) behind. I realized, going back, that I forgot a few key identifiers in the first go around so decided to start fresh with […]

Ilana Kaufman on the intersections of race, religion and culture: Just about the time I realized being brown and Jewish was to others more fascinating than fabulous, I was also an emerging adolescent, complete with the requisite knuckle headedness and edgy attitude that are hallmarks of the tween and teen years.  Being a young person […]

Black and Jewish

Posted by: erika on: June 18, 2013

You know I love getting email, but I usually don’t reply to an email with “I love you!” Especially to a guy I only met via email, but in this case that’s exactly what I did. The guy is Aaron Levy Samuels and if you are like me, you’d best hurry and get hip to […]


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