David Brooks

My Problem With David Brooks (and the odd company he keeps)

Like many liberals, David Brooks is a conservative I can like.  But every now and then he falls in with the wrong conservative crowd.  And this week it was in his swooning endorsement of Charles Murray and his new book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.”

Jewish Week Awardees


Ruth Gruber and David Brooks received the first Jewish Week Excellence in Journalism Awards last Tuesday evening at a Gala dinner at Sotheby’s, attended by more than 300 people.

Accepting her award, Gruber, 100, recalled the advice of famed photographer Edward Steichen to take pictures not with her eyes or hands but with her heart. She said all of her photojournalism and writing has been “from the heart.”

Photos by Michael Datikash

Gone Fishin' (Plus: The Sinbad Awards!)

Dear Readers,

I'm on vacation this week, so this is the last post you'll read till I'm back on Monday, Jan. 3.  So an early happy new year!

Sandy Koufax headlines White House "Jewish Heritage Month" event

Sandy Koufax at the White House? Talk about Jewish royalty.

The Obama White House is holding the first – ever reception honoring Jewish Heritage Month tonight, and the unreleased guest list suggests something new in presidential Jewish outreach. There's an interesting cross section of Jewish athletes, columnists, writers, scholars and social innovators – but a noticeable lack of big-name Jewish organization pooh-bahs.

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