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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

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Cool Jewish Events: Children of the Bible NY Premiere (American Sephardi Film Festival)

Event: Children of the Bible (American Sephardi Film Festival)Date: Thursday, February 11thTime: 7:00pmPlace: The Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY Admission:$30 General Admission$25 ASF & YUMuseum members, students and seniors$250 Opening Night Friend (includes the above for two (2) + VIPpre-screening reception and listing in Festival Program) Festival Pass:Admission to… Continue reading Cool Jewish Events: Children of the Bible NY Premiere (American Sephardi Film Festival)

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Muppets do Bohemian Rhapsody

I could watch this all day…. All better now, thanks!

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Afro-Cuban Hebrew Musica

“Hava Nageela” and “Celia Cruz,” two phrases I never imagined uttering TOGETHER. What exactly was this afro-Cuban “Queen of Salsa” doing singing in Hebrew? Who cares? If you’re any kind of self-respecting Hispanic, you’re just dying to hear the tune!!! Scroll down to #8: Hava Nageela If Celia Cruz could do it, maybe even I… Continue reading Afro-Cuban Hebrew Musica

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Nothing comes between me and my Nutter Butter…nothing.

If you caught my last couple of Tweets on Twitter, then you know I made the most of flying all day from Los Angeles to New York. Boy, am I pooped and incidently, full of Nutter Butters, potato chips, Chex Mix (what diet?) and fruit (yes, I snuck some in). While I was on the… Continue reading Nothing comes between me and my Nutter Butter…nothing.

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You know you’re Dominican when…

http://www.spike.com/efp La Chancleta (The Flip-Flop) | Movies & TV | SPIKE.com People tell you to stop screaming when you’re really talking. You grew up afraid of something called “El Cuco”. You clap your hands while laughing. You’re able to dance without any music. You learned how to dance merengue and bachata before you could walk.… Continue reading You know you’re Dominican when…

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Who’s your Jewish hero?

My Jewish hero is my rabbi. I don’t think he sleeps. When he’s not at synagogue, he’s at home slipping invitations for Shabbat meals under the doors of Jewish neighbors. He has brought so many people to Judaism. Luckily, his synagogue is not hurting for cash flow so he doesn’t need me to nominate him… Continue reading Who’s your Jewish hero?