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Can There Be Peace Without Any Bagels? (Updated)

“It is early, and I need carbs. You can quote me on that,” said Lilit Marcus, Jewcy’s Editor, this morning as I walked in (late) for the 9:00 AM sessions at the J Street Conference. “How can there be 1,200 … Read More

By / October 26, 2009

“It is early, and I need carbs. You can quote me on that,” said Lilit Marcus, Jewcy’s Editor, this morning as I walked in (late) for the 9:00 AM sessions at the J Street Conference. “How can there be 1,200 Jews in a room and no bagels?”

Apparently Lilit is not alone in her bagel angst. Amy Spitalnick, a J Street staffer just tweeted, “That’s because you can’t find a good bagel in DC!” Is that true? Could DC, the epicenter of world power, be lacking in chewy crunchy bagel goodness? This apparently seems to be the case – at least here at the Grand Hyatt.

If food (and alcohol, but it is a little early for that) is a social lubricant, shouldn’t there be a good nosh while people mill about networking and figuring out how to create peace in the Middle East? However there is coffee, tons of coffeefor those who need some morning caffeine (there is decaf, although we have yet to see anyone partake).

The sessions and speakers are pretty amazing (so far, although I couldn’t find the one I wanted to attend this morning) but they are not so fun when your stomach is rumbling, and I don’t drink coffee. However, I am apparently alone in my coffee aversion. Check out this video of Rabbi Andy Bauchman (filmed by his daughter Audrey) and what he had to say about the conference coffee.

Update: Day 2 of the conference featured bagels. Maybe this blog post had something to do with it?

Here’s some photo evidence: