Aliza Hausman

Aliza Hausman is a Latina Orthodox Jewish convert, freelance writer, blogger and speaker. Currently working on a memoir, she lives in New York with her husband. Visit her blog at


December 15, 2009, by

What’s a Jewminicana? Well, for one, a Jewminicana is a Dominicana who converts to Judaism. But reverse that because I’m a Jewish Latina…in that order. But just because I put my religion first doesn’t mean I think my culture should be second. I often find myself in uncomfortable conversations because of my hyphenated identity. Like

Inappropriate for the Shabbos Table

August 19, 2009, by

When my high school students at the inner-city public school where I taught asked if all Jews were rich, I said that indeed they were not. Certainly, there would be no trust fund awarded to me at the end of the conversion process so that I could join the Jews that were. Sadly, there was

Leaving the Church, and Cynthia, Behind

February 12, 2009, by

One of my conversion rabbis, Haskel Lookstein, recently made headlines for walking into a church. The timing strikes me as a little crazy because I can’t stop thinking about a certain question I asked my other conversion rabbi, Elie Weinstock, and the ramifications of the answer he gave me. When I was converting to Judaism,

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