a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Posts Tagged ‘Talking about Race and Racism in Judaism

MLK Day 2017

Posted by: erika on: January 14, 2017

There’s a lot of (completely valid) talk going on about this week’s black-ish episode regarding drumpf and black folks’ response. Anthony Anderson’s monologue was powerful and, unlike everything else this week, it didn’t bring immediate tears to my eyes. Instead I felt my mother come through my body and out of my mouth and I said […]

We Should be Working on Jewish Diversity Every Day

Posted by: erika on: June 25, 2016

I was browsing a few shuls in the Seattle/Tacoma area looking for the websites of prayer spaces that I have been in to be added to the Welcoming Synagogues list JMN has been curating for the last several years. As I browsed through some of the local synagogues I personally vetted I and noticed the […]

You’re Never Too Young To Learn About Racism

Posted by: erika on: June 6, 2016

For the past 10 days I’ve been back home in Ohio. The majority of the time I was here to take care of my three nephews; boys aged 9 and under. Most readers will remember that their mother, my sister (z”l), passed away from complications of long-term drug abuse. Since her death my parents have […]

Riding in the Front Seat

Posted by: erika on: June 4, 2016

If there was a hierarchy of Jews of Color (JOCs) I can confidently say that JOCs who are black Americans are at the bottom of the rung of the ladder. Followed next, possibly, by Jews of African heritage, then Jews of Indian heritage and right up on the color line until we get to the […]

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 […]

Heading to Pardes This Summer!

Posted by: erika on: May 11, 2016

15 days ago I launched a Go Fund Me Page to help with my travel expenses to Israel this summer. If you’re a regular BGJ reader then that may sound familiar. It’s kind of crazy to think that it has been almost 5 years since my last trip to Israel. And it feels like it […]

Not only is Chava one of my best friends, she’s one the President of the Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN), the organization I am an active volunteer for. Below is an expert of the candid piece that Chava wrote for JTA about racism in the Orthodox Jewish community. I often hear that these experiences are to […]

Who is a Jew of Color?

Posted by: erika on: February 19, 2015

A few years ago I sent out a tweet looking for Jews of Color for a project I wanted to pursue. I got a Twitter response from Elad Nehori, the author of one of my favorite blogs, Pop Chassid. He asked, I think I’m a Jew of Color, am I? And I replied, if you think […]

Our Stories Our Voices

Posted by: erika on: February 13, 2015

My friend, Michael Twitty, writes a completely perfect response to the balagan of a new series, koshersoul on Lifetime TV.  I read his words and felt his anger and frustration because it seems that we Jews of Color, Jews of Color who are working towards Jewish Diversity Awareness, recognition and a seat at the table […]

When I walk in the world I am seen first as black and second as a woman. I don’t necessarily “present” as a lesbian and when I identify myself as a Jew, I’m met with disbelief. Once the shock of being a black, lesbian Jew has settled people feel entitled to my story and want […]


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