culture/multiculturalism · Hispanics/Latinos · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · music · Puerto Rico · religion · Uncategorized

Get matched & help a family in Puerto Rico

It might surprise some of you that this self-described Jewminicana actually has a Puerto Rican great-grandfather. I am 7/8 Dominican and 1/8 Puerto Rican. My great-grandfather Demetrio Marrero-Vasquez (pictured below with me in his lap) was a Boricua through and through. I am often asked by people, both Dominican and not, who wonder aloud that… Continue reading Get matched & help a family in Puerto Rico

culture/multiculturalism · food · Hispanics/Latinos · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

Mexican Jewish Food Hits The New Yorker

I woke up this morning to find that Mexican Jewish food had been featured in The New Yorker blog! Was I still asleep? Was I dreaming? When American Jews think Judaism or even Jewish food, they think Ashkenazi or Eastern European food. They don’t think Hispanic Jewish food. People don’t think of Jews as a… Continue reading Mexican Jewish Food Hits The New Yorker

birthday · Hispanics/Latinos · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

Happy Birthday to Me!!!!

‎”Estas son las mañanitas” is the song the elders in my family sing to us youngins on our birthday. Hear it: Learn about the song and read the translation: http://gomexico.about.com/od/historyculture/qt/mananitas.htm Not quite sure why this Mexican birthday song is a tradition in our American-Dominican-Turkish-Jewish-Puerto Rican-Venezuelan-and-who-knows-what-else family but it is! Interestingly, the song is said to… Continue reading Happy Birthday to Me!!!!

Hispanics/Latinos · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · teaching

My Fan Letter to Mocha Momma On Being Black (and more I added later)

This is in response to this fantastic post, “On Being Black” that makes me wish all good bloggers got paid! The photo below was taken from Mocha Momma‘s awesome blog. Dear Mocha Momma: (Click there and read her cool bio!)A friend just pointed me to your blog. I guess something about my latest post, told her… Continue reading My Fan Letter to Mocha Momma On Being Black (and more I added later)

culture/multiculturalism · Hispanics/Latinos · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · race/racism

Random Thought to a New Friend

I have ALWAYS felt out of place. Like there was no place I would, could, should fit. I think this is what helped me find Judaism and when I gave speeches about my life story that was the biggest theme. That I fit in everywhere and nowhere. I am black, white, Native American, Spanish, Jewish…everything…but… Continue reading Random Thought to a New Friend

clothing · culture/multiculturalism · fibromyalgia · hair · Hispanics/Latinos · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

Non-Jewish Latinas Rocking Head Scarves!

“ “Urban Outfitters Finds Frum Inspiration?” talks about how head scarves have suddenly gone hip, even hipster…and not just on the heads of Orthodox women. Now, this head scarf innovation isn’t new. I should note that I’ve seen many non-Jewish women, particularly black women, wrap their locks up in elaborate head scarves. Just walk around… Continue reading Non-Jewish Latinas Rocking Head Scarves!

books and reading · Hispanics/Latinos · television

Joker before Heath Ledger

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the most twisted, shocking, disturbing graphic novels I’ve ever read. But haunting, thought-provoking and stunning nonetheless. A side of the Joker few have ever seen and many won’t want to see. Oh and Batman rocks as much as ever. This… Continue reading Joker before Heath Ledger