So, it’s been a while but I wanted to post this video I made. I was asked to do it by another Dominican on Facebook who told me that many young Dominicans are posting videos discussing their Ancestry.com results to raise awareness about our mixed heritage. While I was born in New York City, as… Continue reading About My Ancestry.com Test Results
For too many people, all they think when they hear Planned Parenthood is “abortions.” But I’ve been to Planned Parenthood many times since my 18th birthday to utilize their gynecological services, especially when I was uninsured and I could count on their sliding scale or free services. The first time I went, I was 18… Continue reading Why Planned Parenthood Gets a Bad Rap
Before this painkiller runs out on me, I thought I’d squeeze in a blog post. Because of the immense facial pain and carpal tunnel pain, I’ve been unable to keep up with friends and readers alike. I’ve never felt so isolated, especially living away from home, from New York, for the first time in my… Continue reading Another mini health update from Los Angeles or Oops, I fell off the planet AGAIN!
http://video.aish.com/AishSharePlayer/Player-v20100309.swf This is an all too familiar story if you’ve been reading this blog: a non-Jewish woman married to a Jewish husband wants to convert but the Jewish family is horrified and they tell her “be Jewish but don’t be too Jewish!” In this wonderful video, Lori Platanik tells us the story of her friend… Continue reading Converted, Married and a baby on the way…all in two weeks!
Carmen Van Kerchove over at the Racialious blog tells a story about a white Jewish mother who has adopted an African child and her reaction to when her Jamaican nanny expresses the racism she has experienced from other whites in the community while caring for this child. Back in 2004 when I first started speaking… Continue reading Jewish Mom and Jamaican Nanny Can’t Communicate
My husband teaches a class Thursday nights at a synagogue downtown. And because I hadn’t seen so much of him that week, I decided to join him. We stopped to pick up some food at the place he always gets dinner at and I waited for our order while my husband ran to start his… Continue reading Just give me my freakin’ kibbeh (quipe)
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2376087&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1 Blogger Esther Kustanowitz does a fine job narrating the precursor for many telenovelas to come: the baby mamy drama in the house of Jacob. Parshat Vayetze from G-dcast.com More Torah cartoons at http://www.g-dcast.com
Added to my ever growing “to do” list is writing a “multicultural” children’s book. Of course, first I’d actually have to start reading children’s book. I figure they’re a bit like poetry where every word is important and the less words you use to get your point across, the better. I’m already stockpiling books for… Continue reading Writing that first Jewish Dominican children’s book!
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2328027&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1 Parshat Toldot from G-dcast.com More Torah cartoons at http://www.g-dcast.com African-American/Puerto-Rican convert and Modern Orthodox rapper, Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2264121&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1 From selfish babies to thirsty camels, this narrator, Australian author Goldie Goldbloom is quite a treat. Parshat Chayei Sarah from G-dcast.com More Torah cartoons at http://www.g-dcast.com http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2172961&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1 Evan Wolkstein tells us about the world according… Continue reading Playing Parsha Catch-up
Precious is 16, in junior high school, can’t read or write and she’s pregnant with her second child. Her father is the father of her children. Her mother likes to hit her with a frying pan. She dreams of being in a fashion magazine and having a light-skinned boyfriend with “good hair.” http://www.weareallprecious.com/ Fab movie… Continue reading A Precious Movie