a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

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MikvahVersary-And a New Name!

Posted by: erika on: August 17, 2016

Five years ago today I became a Jew. It seems like forever ago and like I’ve been Jewish my whole life. I have fond memories of Christmas, enjoyed getting new Cabbage Patch dolls for Easter, Jesus is alright with me, but being Jewish fills my neshema, my soul. It’s who I am and it’s hard […]

Miscarriage and Judaism

Posted by: erika on: June 25, 2015

My wonderful partner and I have been together going on 8 years. And for the last year or so we’ve been quietly trying to conceive, or TTC as us TTCers call it (oh the abbreviations). A bit over one month ago our first successful pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at 8 weeks and 6 days. […]

One Year

Posted by: erika on: August 17, 2012

I’m feeling very reflective today. It’s my one year Jewish Anniversary. This time last year I was making my way from the Upper West Side Mikvah to Congregation Rodeph Sholom to receive the Torah. I’m actually quite overwhelmed with emotions. I spoke with my sister via e-mail yesterday which has me feeling many different things. […]

One Year Jewish Birthday

Posted by: erika on: July 3, 2012

On August 17, 2011 I boarded the C Train at Nostrand in Bedstuy, Brooklyn and made my way to the Upper West Side. I had butterflies in my stomach and my legs felt as if they weighed one ton each. I’d forgotten to eat and by the time I willed my bricks-for-legs from Central Park […]

I am Jewish

Posted by: erika on: August 19, 2011

Nearly every one of my Jewish friends has called or text me with messages of, “You were always Jewish to me.”  The echos of that e-mail urging me to re-consider conversion still rings in my ear.  It’s weird.  I don’t look different, but I do feel different.  I didn’t think that I would. On Wednesday […]


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