Currently I'm a freelance journalist and I've spent years writing about politics, foreign affairs, and entertainment. I've interviewed Benjamin Netanyahu, Mel Brooks, and most recently Ron Ben-Israel, the Sweet Genius. But journalism doesn't pay the bills quite like it used to, so I just started a master's program in global affairs with hopes of going into policy analysis, focusing on the Middle East. I haven't been in school in almost 10 years, so this will definitely be a big adventure.
I like to have adventures and try new things. Fortunately, living right by New York affords such opportunities. Granted, my adventure list includes some touristy stuff, such as taking a Duck Tour (one of those land/sea combos), going to the wax museum (been to the one in London, not in New York), and dropping a penny from the top of the Empire State Building and seeing what actually happens to the pavement (OK, I know this is not legal and highly unlikely to actually happen, but I can dream, can't I?).
Israel and Zionism are very important to me as is being Jewish. I love having a job where I can have an impact on the Jewish community and do what I love - writing.
When I'm not out muckraking, I'm usually catching a movie, playing skeeball or mini golf, playing board games, or cooking something new and delicious. I recently became addicted to the Food Network and want Bobby Flay to come do a vodka sauce Throwdown with me. I will kick his butt!
Some of my other specialty dishes include spicy Italian sausage with broccoli rabe, harissa chicken, sushi, and peanut noodles. As you can probably tell, I enjoy cooking, especially cooking Shabbat dinners for my friends. And I love spicy food and add hot sauce to most things.
I'm a sci-fi buff and yes, I once took a chess set into a night club and played with a couple of friends. After the DJ made fun of us the manager gave us all free shots because we were so awesome. So there's my geek cred right there.
I am eccentric, entertaining, and ready for adventure. So let's see where the yellow brick road (or the 1 train) will take us.