Jordy and Erica Chidi Cohen are recent alumni of one of our partner communities, Honeymoon Israel. HMI, as we fondly abbreviate it, sends 20 diverse young couples from the same city with one Jewish partner to Israel for an unforgettable nine day trip. If you wanna learn more about the trip, contact our NuRoots team member Jenn Green, who can give you the scoop! And if you just wanna’ learn more about Erica and Jordy, read on…..
Ma Hadash (what’s new)?
Erica: I just opened a business called LOOM in October, which provides education and community around pregnancy, parenting, and reproductive wellness. We have classes, coaching events, and more. I also just published a book called Nurture: A Modern Guide to pregnancy, Birth, early Motherhood – and Trusting Yourself and Your Body.
Jordy: …Yeah, it’s been a full couple of weeks!
What are 3 things you always carry with you?
Erica: phone, some kind of hydrosol, and my glasses.
Jordy: Cash, Jewish skepticism…those two things I always carry around….yeah, just two is good.
Hanukkah is coming up. What does this holiday mean to you?
Jordy: Not that much. Although my parents are Jewish, we celebrate “Consumer Christmas” in my childhood home.
Erica: For me, its an opportunity to slow down and be a little more intentional. Being newly converted, it’s a chance to reflect on what makes us different, to explore how we can continue to build / cultivate our own uniqueness.
You become the next big Jewish rapper, what’s your rap name?
Jordy: Big Shlep
Erica: Yung Yenta
A word to describe the person next to you
Jordy: Literally wonderful: full of wonder and a constant source of inspiration
Erica: Loving, supportive (pauses, hemming and hawing),… argh, one word is hard. One word to describe him? Maybe Incredible, i guess.
What’s your spirit animal?
What’s your favorite place in LA, and why?
Erica: Olympic Spa.
Jordy: Pan’s Diner on the corner of La Cienega and La Tijera (because they treat you like family)
3 people you’d invite to your fantasy dinner party?
Erica: bell hooks, Sade, Lady Smith
Jordy: Michel De Montaigne, George Clinton, and Jane Mayer
What’s your party trick?
Erica: I have a gap between my teeth and I can spit water between my teeth.
Jordy: I’ll open a beer with *literally* any object
A question you’ve always wanted to ask a Rabbi
What defines Jewish culture for you?
Erica: Being with your family, connecting with people, breaking bread. Those things really define the culture for me.
Your favorite things to do on the weekend?
Jordy: We like to hike together in the morning. It’s the only time we get together that’s very undistracted and truly intimate.
Erica: We try to always have one date night a week, and it’s usually on the weekend.