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We Will Not Be Silenced

Posted by: erika on: June 13, 2016

I get NYT updates on my phone and like anyone else who gets these updates, was started to read that 20 LGBTQ folks had been killed at a nightclub in Orlando. I read the article by the light of my phone and the bits of sunlight that had started to stream into our bedroom. As […]

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 […]

Not So Special

Posted by: erika on: December 3, 2014

There’s something quite precious about naivety. There’s an innocence that sometimes boarders on delusion, but it’s sweet. Well, that’s at least how I like to think about my own naivety in relation to becoming Jewish. I had so many questions; first and foremost was how I, a black, gay woman, could be a Jew. I […]

My name is Erika Davis, and I’m an Evangelical Jew.

Posted by: erika on: November 21, 2014

First, let me just say that I really have no clue what an evangelical Christian is, really. I’m not sure if they’re the snake handling Christians or the subway (miss you, MTA) preachers. What I mean is that when someone comes to me to say that they’re thinking about converting to Judaism, I push encourage […]

Jewish Identity {A Cross-Post}

Posted by: erika on: August 3, 2013

Like many Jews of Color, Sandra Lawson is often questioned about how or why she is Jewish. Despite the fact that Jews have always been a multi-racial, multi-cultural people the idea of who a Jew is (and is not) is often based on how one looks. Many Jews of Color, those born Jewish, those who […]

On the Interwebs-Pre Shabbat Reading

Posted by: erika on: May 24, 2013

Jewish Websites (in no particular order) Pop Chassid While some of these photos make me uncomfortable, I’m in complete awe of Pop Chassid’s collection of 10 Jewish Women Being Awesome. Both the Shabbat and Tsfat photo were incredibly moving to me. Keshet and My Jewish Learning This article about Orthodox parents of LGBTQ teens is […]

The Curse of Standing By

Posted by: erika on: October 16, 2012

I’m straight. Gay rights don’t matter to me. I’m white. The rights of people of color don’t apply to me. I practice abstinence. Abortion doesn’t apply to me. I’m an American, the rights of undocumented immigrants don’t concern my family. I’m upper-middle class, the rights of the poor don’t concern me. I’m a Jew, Christian […]

Manic Monday

Posted by: erika on: June 25, 2012

It’s a bit of a crazy day. It’s raining in NYC again after glorious weekend weather the skies opened up this morning just as Miriam and I were heading to the train.  We huddled under her blue umbrella as it literally started to pour.  Her left side and my right side were completely soaked through, […]

Why I do What I do

Posted by: erika on: June 21, 2012

Aliza Hausman, a Dominican-American Jewish woman, cyber-friend (hopefully real-live friend) and activist asked a question that I’ve been thinking about for a few days.  She asked, “if we stop saying it, then where will we be, where will our children and grandchildren be?” She was commenting on a recent post I wrote about race/racism and […]

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. […]


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