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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 […]

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 […]

What Does a Jew Look Like?-A New Video from JMN

Posted by: erika on: May 9, 2014

I’m excited about this video for a lot of reasons. Yes, the fact that I shot and edited is one of the reasons. I am, by no means, a videographer and I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out. The real reason I’m excited about it is because I’m excited about the work that […]

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 […]

Post-Racial My Ass

Posted by: erika on: February 25, 2014

This morning I browsed the New York Times on my phone while waiting for my rather late train, “Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple with Racial Tensions”.  I read the title and was immediately angry and frustrated, I thought the term “Colorblind” went out of vogue 10 years ago. In the news media and in popular culture, […]

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: Bereshit

Posted by: erika on: October 3, 2013

Last June I started the Jewish Geography Project and it sort of fizzled away. This year, I am committed to working on it and, well, damn I’m already a parasha (Torah portion) behind. I realized, going back, that I forgot a few key identifiers in the first go around so decided to start fresh with […]

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 […]

“Latkes” Clarified.

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2011

Whoa, folks are really attached to Latkes.  Again, I get it.  They’re delicious.  I used latkes as a symbol of what is and is not considered “Jewish”.  Latkes are a part of normative Jewish culture for most American Jews, but not all Jews.  My point with my latke post was to say that Jewish culture […]


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