By training I'm a 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 decided to try my hand at something new. I'm currently a second-year master's student at NYU in Global Affairs, concentrating in Transnational Security. What that basically means is I spend a lot of time reading and writing about terrorism. so I just started a master's program in global affairs with hopes of going into policy analysis, focusing on the Middle East.
Israel is very important to me and Zionism has really shaped my path in life. From interning with AIPAC in college to years working in the Jewish media to now focusing on the Middle East and security issues in grad school. I also really like shwarma.
When I'm not hitting the books or taking down a politician, I'm usually catching a movie, playing skeeball or mini golf, playing board games, or cooking something new and delicious. I'm an avid foodie and enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and hosting (typically Shabbat) dinners. Some of my specialty dishes include spicy Italian sausage with broccoli rabe, harissa chicken, sushi, and peanut noodles. Spicy food is one of life's greatest pleasures.
I also like to have adventures and try new things, whether new restaurants/foods or activities. 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?).
I'm a sci-fi buff and some would say geek. You might be able to tell from my screen name but I used to be very into anime (not so much anymore but OKCupid won't let me change it). 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.