An Israeli restaurant in New Orleans doesn’t sound like a recipe for success, but when chef Alon Shaya opened his namesake eatery, Shaya, on Magazine Street this past February 2015, he proved the doubters wrong.
The best food writing isn’t only about food. It’s about considering the world — a community, a region, a country — at a moment in time, through its flavors, textures, ingredients, cooking methods and dining traditions.
Thirteen-year old Tom Sosnik, one of the youngest people on this year’s Forward 50 list, made headlines in March when a video of him coming out to his class as transgender went viral.
Chuck Schumer was in a tough spot. The Iran nuclear deal was coming before Congress for approval, and the United States senator from New York had an unenviable decision before him.
Haim Saban, a top financial backer and personal friend of Hillary Clinton, and a hawkish supporter of Israel, was faced with a dilemma posed by the proposed Iranian nuclear deal: Clinton was for it; Israel was against it, as was AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby that Saban generously supports.
Leon Rodriguez, who grew up in a Cuban-Jewish enclave in Florida, has come full circle: 2015 is his first full year as America’s top gatekeeper for refugees and immigrants.
America’s 18th richest person decided this year to oppose the campaign to boycott Israel. And Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, did it in typical style — with mountains of cash.
Judith Rosenbaum explains why she hopes this isn’t ‘The Year of the Jewish Woman,’ as the Forward 50 proclaimed.
Impact is our driving criteria for the Forward 50, Jane Eisner writes. Which is why Rabbi Barry Freundel deserves a place — even though he made if for all the wrong reasons.