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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

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

To Those Who Judge Unfavorably…I am NOT a Piñata!

This Rosh Hashanah, I was accused of un-Rebbetzin-like behavior by a stranger who didn’t even know me, who didn’t even talk to me, at a local minyan I attended. I don’t know this person. I don’t know this person’s name or anything about him or her other than the casually uttered harsh words this person… Continue reading To Those Who Judge Unfavorably…I am NOT a Piñata!

jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · vote

My Jewish Community Heroes

Hope you had a great Rosh Hashana and are gearing up for Yom Kippur this upcoming Shabbos. Ug, I hate when Yom Kippur falls on Shabbos but after all the food I had over Rosh Hashana, which this year fell so close to Shabbos it created a 3-day yom tov, I think I’ll be fine!… Continue reading My Jewish Community Heroes

culture/multiculturalism · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · race/racism

And now I turn into a matzoh ball?

And now (because I’m so Jewish) I will turn into a matzoh ball! Okay, HOW did I miss this video of MaNishtana that pulls in interviews and pieces from his most infamous and awesome videos? The funny thing about moving to New York Los Angeles (Sorry, folks, that was just a homesick typo, I’ve never MOVED… Continue reading And now I turn into a matzoh ball?

anger · culture/multiculturalism · Holocaust · Jesus · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · movies · shomer negiah · television

Are you a Member of the Tribe?

I must confess, it wasn’t until fairly recently that I heard the term M.O.T., as in member of the tribe. But then the person who asked if the guy I was telling him about was an MOT, probably had never heard of JOCs, as in Jews of color. I’ll never know. I didn’t ask when… Continue reading Are you a Member of the Tribe?

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Why I Never Read the Comments Section

Camp Be’chol Lashon near San Francisco brings Jewish summer camp to an emerging population of Jews of color. Diane Tobin, the camp’s director, read clues to a scavenger hunt with camper William Kahn, 11. Jim Wilson/The New York Times A long time ago, I stopped reading the comments section of my articles and then eventually,… Continue reading Why I Never Read the Comments Section

jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · questions/answers

Question: Is a Jewish Convert obligated to reveal their status?

I get this question all the time from people in the conversion process (the answer is a little bit different) and people have already converted. When I was in the conversion process, I couldn’t go five minutes without telling people, quite excitedly, that I was converting. Or was it that I couldn’t go five minutes… Continue reading Question: Is a Jewish Convert obligated to reveal their status?