Oh Thank Heaven for 2011

Editorial

Published December 27, 2011, issue of December 30, 2011.
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What a year it was, this two-oh-one-one,

Uprisings, protests, regimes on the run.

A year when “occupy” became a noun,

And millions tried to imitate Kate’s gown.

Bin Laden is gone, we’re out of Iraq.

Here at the Forward, it’s time to look back.

It was a year of Jacobs — Jill, Leslie,

And Rick, who now heads Reform’s polity.

Gabby Giffords displayed courage unique,

And the Brewer’s Ryan Braun reached his peak,

‘Till charges he had help throwing the ball.

The higher they go, the harder they fall.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Eric Cantor,

Already started their campaign banter.

Poet Philip Levine and James Levine,

The spelling’s the same, but the names don’t rhyme!

Poor Anthony Weiner texted too much

Queens voters said “bye, don’t stay in touch.”

Thanks to Michael Hirsch, the Triangle fire

Is a history that serves to inspire.

It was also a year to remember

The horrible attacks of September,

Michael Arad for his stunning design

And Daniel Libeskind for his vision so fine.

Birthright got more from Sheldon Adelson.

The New York Times promoted Jill Abramson.

John Zorn made music, Bill Kristol bought ads,

Adam Mansbach had fun with moms and dads.

Rabbi Pinto’s charity made headlines.

Was its luxury spending out of line?

David Yerushalmi launched his crusade.

Ruth Messinger brought Africa aid.

Michael Solomonov wowed with his food.

New Square noticed when Michael Sussman sued.

Mark Cuban, Fred Wilpon — yes, Jews do sports.

Does Joy Levitt have any tennis courts?

David Graeber spawned Occupy Wall Street

Mark Bittman opined on what we should eat.

Murdoch was defended by our Joel Klein.

MacArthur picked Alisa Weilerstein.

For Google ideas, Jared Cohen was your guy.

Want to live longer? Call Nir Barzilai!

Sharon Kleinbaum fought for same-sex unions.

Art Spiegelman drew a Maus reunion.

Natalie Portman had baby Aleph,

And Caryl Stern championed UNICEF.

Rahm Emanuel earned Chicago’s crown

While the Hasidic world dealt with Judy Brown.

Chaya Mushka, Chaya Mushka — what’s in a name?

For Lubavitcher girls, it was one and the same.

Tony Kushner courted controversy,

While his new play told its own history.

Dovid Katz challenged Lithuania.

Jaron Lanier warned about techno-mania.

Social justice was the theme for Simon Greer.

Michael Tilson Thomas delighted the ear.

Outreach was strengthened by Burt Visotzky.

Israel Project’s Jennifer Mizrahi

Turned a small group into a powerhouse.

Who says Jewish women are like Minnie Mouse?

Look at Sheryl Sandberg running Facebook.

And as she retires, don’t overlook

The contribution of Joan Rosenbaum

Leading a museum of great renown.

Jay Sanderson made changes in L.A.,

And the cops made trouble for DSK.

The Forward found George Washington’s letter

To Jews in Newport, pledging a better

United States shorn of all bigotry.

Now Richard Morgenstern holds the key

To showing the letter for all to see.

Will he do the right thing, and set it free?

As we light candles and greet the new year

We send our best wishes from everyone here:

Paul, Nathan, Nathan, Josh, Rex and Larry

Laura, Lil, Richard, Kurt, Nate and Barry

Sam, Janet, Sharon, Gal, Jane and Naomi

J.J., Maia, Eileen, Devra, Teri

Dan, Jeanette, Ezra, Dave and Gabrielle

And all of the writers whose work is so swell.

We follow in a great Forward tradition

And thank you for reading our next edition!


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