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Seattle Shul Shopping

Posted by: erika on: December 1, 2014

Two Fridays ago I decided to take the rainy trek to the shul in my neighborhood. It was about a 20 minute walk and as I got closer to the synagogue an old, yet familiar, sensation overwhelmed my body. Nervousness. Real, honest, pit in my stomach nervousness. I actually hadn’t felt that sick with nerves […]

Stand Up, Sit Down (bow, bow, bow)

Posted by: erika on: July 16, 2011

Oh the choreography of Jewish prayer.  So beautiful, so complex, so…difficult for me to get into. Is everyone looking at me because I’m bowing wrong? Is everyone looking at me because I’m not bowing? Why are we looking at the door? Is someone going to come into the door? Wouldn’t it be cool if the […]

I’m ready when you are

Posted by: erika on: October 5, 2010

The other week I had a sit down with the rabbi that I’m taking conversion classes with.  I was running late because of train issues and the UN conference in Manhattan.  Traffic was especially chaotic because President Obama was in town.  I sat down across from her at Starbucks a half hour late which meant that our first […]

…and am the new owner of an Israeli shofar, coming from a a friend who’s currently in Israel.  I also received all 7 of the books I ordered on Amazon including my new favorite cookbook, “Aromas of Aleppo-The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews”  by Poopa Dweck.   All in all, a great day yesterday!  Let me rewind; […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish Part 4

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**Originally posted on 08.01.10** I’m writing  a series with the same name on the Velvet Park website.  Here’s a link to the most recent article I wrote for them.  http://www.velvetparkmedia.com/blogs/black-gay-and-jewish-part-two-finding-path  Because of the nature of the site, I usually try to keep my entries for them around 600 words.  Because this is my personal blog I […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish Part 2

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**This was originally posted on 05.16.10 on my main blog** Friday was Shabbat Services at the Village Temple and with great trepidation this black lesbian set foot into a synagogue for the first time.  Technically it was the second time since I’d chatted with the Cantor the week prior but the first time I stepped […]

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