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Reporters’ Roundtable: Jack Abramoff’s Redemption; J Street Blues; Best of 2011

Delusions of Grandeur At an event to promote his book and rehabilitate his image, shamed lobbyist Jack Abramoff was alternatively described as both Robin Hood and King Solomon. Image by Getty Images

In this week’s podcast, host Josh Nathan-Kazis is joined by Forward fellows Ezra Glinter and Naomi Zeveloff to discuss our list of the best in Jewish arts and culture in 2011. Then Naomi explains a bizarre discussion between the celebrity-minded orthodox lawyer Shmuley Boteach and shamed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is trying to rehabilitate his image after his jail-stint. Finally, the Forward’s assistant managing editor, Larry Cohler-Esses, drops by to discuss why J Street is still having a hard time getting through the front door at mainstream Jewish institutions all over the country.

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