ESTHER'S IN THE TOP 51!
A list of Top 50 Jewish Americans, and Esther/Madonna's at nunber 51!
A couple of notes:
1. Madonna herself, though she's a Detroit native, has been living in England with husband Guy Ritchie and her two kids, Lourdes/Lola (Liora) and Rocco (Reuel)*. Her Anglophilia is to such an extent that she often pontificates in an (inauthentic) British accent, tainted by her midwestern roots, and filtered through Catholicism. Which leads me to my next point...
2. Madonna's not Jewish. (But I am...I'm just sayin'...)
Jon Stewart's at #5. In case you forgot, My Urban Kvetch hearts Jon Stewart. (But not in that way, Mrs. Stewart. The Urban Kvetch Bloggerette has agreed to the terms of that restraining order you served on her, so no worries.)
For what it's worth, I also interviewed listee Rabbi Sharon Brous, age 30, when she was a student at JTS. She's a remarkably passionate woman and committed Jew, who ranks under the heading of "Spirit," and is starting a new synagogue in Los Angeles. L.A. Urban Kvetch affiliates...check it out and send me your reports...
The list, though interesting, is nothing revolutionary. If you read any of the NY Jewish papers or have ever worked at Jewish non-profit organizations, you'll recognize many of the same old names. I prefer the list that the Jewish Week did last year or the year before, where there was a list of "up-and-comers" in their twenties and thirties. That reveals much more about the state of Judaism in America, I think. That's the future you're looking at.
One more question: Ou sont les bloggers Juives dans la liste? Je ne sais quoi. Mai je ne parle pas Francais bien. Et vous?
*Hebrew names are conjecture. But let's face it. I'm probably right.