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Jewish Grieving for a Non-Jewish Relative; Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: July 22, 2015

I woke up suddenly in the wee hours of the morning on March 5, 2014. It wasn’t my alarm that had woken me or my cell phone, which was next to my head and on vibrate. It was a feeling. I believe that if you ask a doula or birth worker, most will tell you […]

Schvartze

Posted by: erika on: July 25, 2012

The first time I heard the word schvartze was while watching Jews of Color Roundtable on The Jewish Chanel. I believe it was Yavilah McCoy who described hearing the word in school growing up-she and her siblings were the only blacks in their Crown Heights Hebrew school in the 70s. So when I was approached […]

Talking Honestly About Jews and Racisim

Posted by: erika on: June 13, 2012

My post on The Sisterhood is live.  Here’s a small snippet- A few week ago I had two very different experiences having to do with my necklace. At a party a friend of a friend asked about the Chai around my neck and then asserted that there weren’t any black Jews. On the ride home […]

99% or Just Plain Poor?

Posted by: erika on: February 15, 2012

“I decided long ago/never to walk in anyone’s shadow/If I fail/If I succeed/At least I’ll live as I believe/No matter what they take from me/They can’t take away my dignity.” Whitney Houston, “The Greatest Love of All” Back in October I wrote a piece for Jewcy on why I support the Occupy Movement.  Here’s a […]


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