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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 […]

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 […]

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