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.
NoteStreams By Beth Harpaz
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