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Posts Tagged ‘welcoming jews of color

My Interview with JewSchool

Posted by: erika on: September 19, 2012

Many thanks to the amazing Chanel Dubofsky for doing this interview.   Erika Davis is the Chief of Staff at Hazon. She also works as a freelance writer for The Sisterhood, Jewcy, Kveller and others while maintaining her personal blog Black, Gay and Jewish. Erika likes Syrian Jewish cooking and is convinced she makes the best hummus in Brooklyn. […]

Welcoming the Stranger-A Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: September 14, 2012

I’ve written on this topic several times, so for today’s pre-Shabbat cross-post, I’ll let Chava to the talking. If you’re not following Not a Contradiction, you should be. A recent trip out-of-town made me think about “welcoming synagogues” and what that really means.  So often  Jews of Color, LGBT Jews and others feel like outsiders […]

Beyond the Mission Statement

Posted by: erika on: July 4, 2012

Beyond the Mission Statement was written for and posted on the RJBlog. Have a good July 4th!   My path to Judaism is similar to most Jews by choice. After years of spiritual searching and longing, I turned toward Judaism because of the tradition, because it is the seed of monotheistic religion, because it’s where […]

18 Ways to Welcome Interracial Families

Posted by: erika on: June 23, 2012

Shabbat Shalom! Here’s some reading for your Saturday. If you have more ideas/ways synagogues can be more welcoming or open please include them in the comments below. Erika   From RJ.org By Kate Bigam A recent study shows that approximately 87,000 Jewish households identify as “multiracial or nonwhite”… in New York alone! What is your […]

This was originally posted on Haaretz.com yesterday I read this piece this morning after finding it on my Facebook timeline, posted by a colleague.  As I read this account of a woman in a situation similar to my own and countless other Jews of Color, I realized that the situation of community and the need […]


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