Part of a series on my Jewish Journey, by Bobby Apperson In 2019 I wrote on picking a Jewish community in Los Angeles. Despite the pandemic and three moves since it began, I’m still in the Nefesh community and in fact, been working for this dynamic Jewish start-up and community-but-not-called-a…
On Shavuot, we are reminded of our ongoing obligation to lead lives of compassion and justice.
Shtisel is back for season 3
Let’s talk about sex, Bubbe: Porking, bacon bits, and the tattoo taboo in Judaism
Heschel, action over words, Psalms, and slogging through the mud to get to the other side
The Queer community should take care of each other, writes Eli
American Genocides: Native American genocide (continual, unacknowledged) African slave trade and Black oppression (unacknowledged, as of yet atoned) Unnecessary nuclear bombings of Japan used solely as tests and a warning to Russia, 1945 D*n*ld Tr*mp’s ignoring a pandemic to let it kill his political enemies, then actively spreading it, 2020…
Shalom! Welcome to Newish Jewish, formerly Gay Goy Doing Jewish, with a renewed focus on wider social justice as well as personal Jewish journeys.
My First Christmas as a Jew was in lockdown in the pandemic epicenter: Loving Christmas doesn’t just go away when you convert
Things are beyond difficult for millions. A week from tonight, we begin to light the lights to guide us into a better chapter
We need this reminder right now: Post-Election Slow-Motion Coup Madness Trump’s face says it all here. Not only couldn’t he make eye contact 4 years ago, he’s making “apology face” and pursing his lips. He’s ashamed, and he knows what he really is. Obama, meanwhile, looked him in the eye…
Some things you can do to help me mark my milestone, including giving to some good causes, my budding Jewish community that’s doing great, fresh, necessary things and is in startup mode, or sending me a little something.
I’m now legally, spiritually Jewish and dripping wet with emotions. Here’s what happened.
On Tuesday, October 6, 2020: I go to the mikvah today to become Jewish. Here are my thoughts the night before.
Well, I did it! I had my Beit Din a couple weeks ago. I’ve been slammed since with these High Holy Days and all the work that entails with Nefesh, my buoyant, vibrant, supportive eastside Los Angeles community. After being slightly anxious way back in March to do this thing…
Passover is one of the highlights of the Jewish calendar and nearing the home stretch of my Jewish journey to conversion, I was truly looking forward to experiencing it for the first time as an adult. The banter, the torah, the weird foods—the gathering is the biggest thing American Jews…
This week as I marked my first Tisha B’av as part of the community, booms filled the sky. Smoke filled the air in Portland and beyond, and I thought of all the atrocities that befell Israel over time and how we’re now seeing it again in America.
A special Shabbat greeting and some learning and action resources to share
The far-right takeover of the mainstream GOP, a call for mass violence, and anti-semitism
It’s peak Netflix in general, but also for Jewish and Haredi content. Here’s what I learned. One of Us Netflix, 2017 (Yiddish, English) Netflix documentary One of Us highlights the plights of ultraorthodox Jews who fled the community and like Esty in Unorthodox (below), didn’t exactly leave easily. One lives…
Etsy is a wonderful place to support Jewish artists and other small businesses as you’re able; inside: My first mezuzah, first Star of David, and some fun finds
Realizing and Actualizing My Newfound Jewish Identity Was Easier Thanks to Coming Out 20 Years Ago
Tikkan Olam Means Black Lives Matter and how to take action
A great activist I know on another great activist’s passing. I feel so much this even as a not-quite-officially Jew, but a practicing one on the cusp of making it official. Shabbat shalom, article link below.
A little torah (study) for Shavuot follows; Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that once was a harvest festival and now is an all-night, dairy-binging, torah-studying celebration of Sinai, learning, and Jewish converts. That’s me! And this will complete a full year’s cycle of Jewish holidays for me. Conversion date: TBD!…
Listening to people steeped in privilege complain of their oppression and compare it to slavery is particularly hard if you’re a person of color. It’s difficult to process, too, as a queer person, or a Jewish or Muslim person. Freedom ends when you harm others. “Freedom” means something radically different…
Check out this piece over at Jewish Telegraphic Agency, I have a brief quote and photo.
Today marks 40 days in quarantine for me give or take Trader Joe’s visits, a small work move, a big house move to a different county, and a couple clients at the very start. And like many I’m anxious, angry, tired all the time, and trying to accept the new…
Just about the last big in-person event I went to PC / BC* was Purim with my Nefesh community. What is Purim? I’m glad you asked! PC / BC Pre-/Before Corona Purim is the springtime festival celebrating the story in the Torah’s Book of Esther about the near destruction of…
Our Pharaoh is shrugging at the plagues, telling us to go back to work on the Pyramids, and Christian Bale is nowhere to be found.
Looking for somewhere to “go” for Pesach? Maybe you’ve heard of Nefesh in LA but it was too far? It’s my amazing community and I’m glad and honored to be helping them out with social media and support. We come together a week from tonight on Zoom. Kids Jam 5pm,…
Uncertainty. We’re all united in it right now, are we not? My Rabbi Susan Goldberg spoke so well of it from our recent Nefesh community Zoom call. Uncertainty is bewildering and draining and we’re all going through it right now, for a very long period of time. We don’t know…
Land of Feta & Dates: Wrestling with my thoughts on Israel is hard. But planning a solo Hebrew honeymoon to study and immerse? Easy!
Things keeping me sane include Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Post from 2019, way back yonder before we nearly had WW3 with Iran and a President was impeached but nothing happened Highlights! Toured the mikvah where I convert in March, the day after my 40th Lots of feels about it Finished my required Intro to Judaism class in January Started…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So they say, and it was a Jew who wrote that
No pork. Dairy. Gluten. No bagels, no bacon. No Christmas trees.
I was shocked to learn Miller is Jewish
I visited a new synagogue: Ikar, the mid-city progressive-yet-conservative-denomination that I’ve heard a lot about
Sukkot obsession, fun while learning, and things I got wrong
At Sukkot, the fall harvest festival, it’s a mitzvah to be happy. I’m not happy.
I made new friends including creators I admire while learning my Rabbi had already been teaching me this whole time
I survived my first YK and all I got was this spirituality, connection, wonder, yearning, belonging, insights, new friends, and a dash of dizziness
A beautiful ceremony on the LA river about letting go
Evangelical Christian support for Donald Trump, the antithesis of a Mensch, explained
Kintsugi, kintsukuroi, and instant conversion and repair!
I was nervous about my first temple experience
A lovely Sunday stroll on the westside resulted in a series of serendipitous events
So I embarked on a journey.
I jumped right into Jewish learning and rigorous, late-night googling