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Radio Aliza!

I’ll be speaking on the radio tomorrow (Oct. 20) at 12 noon EST on a show called Public Think Tank on Brooklyn College Radio. If you’d like to listen in, check out the Public Thinktank website for details on how to listen in.

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This post from Anti-Racist Parent on the Declaration of Independence set in Colonial Williamsburg and America’s history of slavery just gets you right in the gut where it hurts. We’ve come a long way, baby. Now, where we gonna go?

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Conversion in the News Roundup: Because the "Who is a Jew?" question is now an extreme sport!

A delicious sampling of the latest news in Jewish conversion! “Shas MK: Ease Conversion for IDF Soldiers of Jewish Descent” (Israeli National News) At some point during the conversion process, I heard that things went a lot smoother if you had a Jewish father or some kind of Jewish ancestry. Too bad I couldn’t unearth… Continue reading Conversion in the News Roundup: Because the "Who is a Jew?" question is now an extreme sport!

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Mayim Bialik talks Torah

Actress Mayim Bialik is everywhere in the Jewish world! How cool! Check out this recent interview in the Jewish press: “Blossoming into Torah” and “Mayim Bialik Has Some Advice for Forward Readers” Hat tip: Jew in the City

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Aliens Amongst Us

Me: My brother-in-law’s looking for a job. It’s really tough out there. White Jewish Friend: Oh, yeah. I might know some people who might be able to help. Me: That’s great!!! White Jewish Friend: (Long Pause) Does he have papers? Me: (Clueless) What? What kind of papers? White Jewish Friend: You know, is he legal?… Continue reading Aliens Amongst Us

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Straight Hair at Any Cost?

How I feel about “good hair” and “bad hair” is pretty much summed up in “Bagels & Locks” and the numerous previous posts on hair where I talk about the history of my own kinky hairstrands. And in “Every friend’s just a little bit racist”, I wrote: “They can tell me on the day that… Continue reading Straight Hair at Any Cost?

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How to Start a Jewish Youth Group…in Uganda

From left, Kokasi Keki, 17; Sarah Nabagala, 17; and Igaal Sizomu, 15, at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills. Photo by Jason Lipeles Check out this heartwarming tale of “3 Ugandan Teens Learn Leadership Skills on L.A. Trip”.

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Reflections on the Jewish Multiracial Network retreat

Mini Jews of color at play. Last year, I begged my husband to take me to the Jewish Multiracial Network retreat. I think he rolled his eyes, asked me how much it cost and then rolled his eyes again. In the end, we didn’t end up going and a friend told us it was for… Continue reading Reflections on the Jewish Multiracial Network retreat

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Illegal Immigrant Children

Illegal aliens are coming in to steal our healthcare and our jobs! At least, that’s what I hear. Nobody’s talking about the kids caught in the crossfire. In “Immigrants’ children might get help from DREAM Act”, Victor Manuel Ramos profiles one of those kids. “Walter Lara grew up in Florida. An honor student in high… Continue reading Illegal Immigrant Children

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Always the last to know…

When Jewschool posted the information below recently on their blog, I thought they were kidding. Apparently, they weren’t. “I just got a huge announcement in a tiny email: We are pleased to announce the opening of Yeshivat Mahara”t, an Orthodox Yeshiva of Higher Learning, founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss of The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.… Continue reading Always the last to know…