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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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TV That Looks Like ME!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Smith-like TV show, Undercovers follows a black couple getting back into the CIA spy game after retiring five years earlier to have “a normal life” and run a catering business. I can’t remember the last time I saw a show on Network TV that had not one but two people… Continue reading TV That Looks Like ME!

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Hispanic for Purim

Email received on PurimDear Aliza: I had to share this with you! It’s about the always annoying question: “Are you Jewish?” So, yesterday I went to a Purim party with two of my friends, one who is an Israeli Jew and another who is Dominican and Catholic. I am also Hispanic, though not Dominican. We… Continue reading Hispanic for Purim

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What’s your favorite article?

Hey, this year I’m hoping that one of my published articles from 2009 will win the 2009 Be’chol Lashon Media Awards “for excellence in reporting on global Judaism.” So which was your favorite article? #1: 10 Questions with Author Ernest Adams (MyJewishLearning.com) Up close and personal with author Ernest H. Adams about his memoir, “From… Continue reading What’s your favorite article?

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Cool Jewish Events: An Odd Coupling: Jews and Altarpieces in Medieval Spain

Event: An Odd Coupling: Jews and Altarpieces in Medieval Spain Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010 Time: 7:30pm Place: Stein Chapel, JTS (The Jewish Theological Seminary), 3080 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10027 Details: Little attention has been given to the role of Jews as artists in medieval Spain and even less to their creation of works… Continue reading Cool Jewish Events: An Odd Coupling: Jews and Altarpieces in Medieval Spain

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What do the kids in Meah Shearim wear on Purim?

The Jews in Meah Shearim, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Israel, take religion very seriously…just not other people’s. Check out these adorable kiddies in matching Santa outfits. Yeah, yeah, of course, I laughed (as did my sister) but I am not sending it to anyone who isn’t Jewish. (I needed the laugh, too. I just sprained… Continue reading What do the kids in Meah Shearim wear on Purim?

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Religion on TV: Hot stuff!

@almostjewish on Twitter says: “Caprica” is *totally* hot. Serious religious thinking + hard sci fi = Where have you been all my life? Caprica is a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica set way before the Cylons, humanoid machines, attempt to anniliate all of humanity by causing a nuclear holocaust. In this Caprica, the first Cylon has… Continue reading Religion on TV: Hot stuff!