a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Posts Tagged ‘what color is a Jew?

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 […]

Mixed Multitudes Mix Up

Posted by: erika on: September 9, 2014

Today Tablet posted an article about Commandment Keepers/Hebrew Israelites/”Black Jews” I read the first paragraph and was instantly upset, again, that another “mainstream, left-leaning” Jewish online journal was doing sloppy reporting. I’ve written about why this is problematic a lot. Like a lot. Like, really a lot. And here’s the thing. I really don’t care […]

Black and Jewish in New Orleans-Cross Post

Posted by: erika on: April 6, 2014

  This was originally posted on Brassy Brown. December of 2013 found me in San Diego, California this year, attending the fiftieth Biennial of the Women of Reform Judaism. Although, this was the organization’s centennial, WRJ actually began at my synagogue in 1900 as “the Sisterhood”, the name still used by most members. When I […]

When Hebrew Israelites Invade!

Posted by: erika on: February 17, 2014

I’ve written about Hebrew Israelites before and while I generally think that writing about Messianic Jews and Hebrew Israelites  gives these communities unnecessary press, I do have to share something that happened to me at Friday night service. I’ve mentioned before that my beloved shul’s music director has left. It’s thrown me into another and more […]

Jewish Geography Project-Lekh Lekha

Posted by: erika on: October 22, 2012

Lekh Lekha, Genesis Chapters 12:1-17:27, is one of the most pivotal texts in the Torah. It’s the text in which Gd speaks to Abram and tells him to go into the wilderness to the land that He will show. It is this passage that is at the crux of the dispute between Muslims, Jews and […]

The Jewish Geography Project Round Two

Posted by: erika on: July 2, 2012

Welcome back to The Jewish Geography Project! The past few weeks has been pretty amazing. I wrote articles for two prominent Jewish online publications and interviewed with two international media outlets. I’ve been talking about race, racism and the Jewish people and try as I might, I sometimes give into the temptation and read the […]

The Jewish Geography Project

Posted by: erika on: June 21, 2012

Not the kind you’re thinking of.  Real geography.  Go take out a map of the world and a copy of the Tanakh and let’s play! Each week I’m going to go through the Tanakh, page by page until I come to a land mass, mention of a land, or mention of a geographical feature.  I’ll […]

Who is a Jew?

Posted by: erika on: August 15, 2011

Most popular search term for my blog today is, “What Color is a Jew?”  People rarely ask, “What color is a Muslim?”  or “What color is a Christian?”  They always ask, “What color is a Jew”  Here are a few Jews I know…and some I do not know. They’re all Jews, and we come in all colors, […]


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