Profile: Beth Harpaz

I'm an award-winning, experienced journalist and editor, and the author of three well-reviewed commercially published nonfiction books, including 'The Girls in the Van,' about Hillary Clinton's first Senate campaign, which I covered for The Associated Press. I've worked for AP covering politics, disasters and other major stories since 1988; I now mostly write and edit feature stories as AP travel editor, parenting writer and content manager for AP Lifestyles. I hold the title 'senior journalist,' which the AP bestows on a select group of staffers. I have prior experience at daily newspapers, the Bergen Record and Staten Island Advance. I have taught college journalism and lectured widely on campuses around the country, including giving an annual talk at Marist College. I manage three AP-branded Twitter accounts and am an avid user of Facebook and other social media. Being on the journalism side of the desk for so long, I consider myself an expert in public relations, interested in all types of writing, editing, speaking, teaching and travel. I'm also a lifelong New Yorker who volunteers as a Big Apple Greeter. I hold degrees from Columbia Journalism School and from Cornell, where I was Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. I'm also active in my high school alumnae group at Hunter College High School.

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Does Hanukkah Wannabe Christmas?

Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel. Christmas has gingerbread houses; Manischewitz sells Chanukah House kits, using cookie dough with blue-and-white icing. These are just a few of the Hanukkah-themed products inspired by Christmas traditions and toys. Pinterest and Etsy are loaded with blue-and-white Hanukkah crafts like wreaths and stockings. There are Hanukkah greeting cards, cookie cutters, and even tree ornaments shaped like the three symbols — Stars of David, menorahs and dreidels — that scream “Hanukkah!” amid a sea of holiday merchandise adorned with Christmas trees and Santas.

Category: Social Awareness

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