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The Big Jewcy: 2011

Ladies and gentlemen: The Big Jewcy class of 2011. Read More

By / June 1, 2011
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Last year the brain trust at Jewcy HQ decided it might be a nice idea to make a list of a few people we really liked that our readers had to know about.  This year we’re at it again, and the Big Jewcy is now officially an annual thing.

Between June 1st and June 15th, Jewcy will be announcing the names from this year’s Big Jewcy class, and updating this page at the end of every day.  Keep checking back, and if you’re in New York, we will see you at our huge Big Jewcy event at Brooklyn Winery on June 15th.

June 1st

Elliot Aronow – From Punk Zines To RCRD LBL

The Big Jewcy: Derek Blasberg – Fashion God

The Big Jewcy: Adam Braun – Pencils Of Promise

The Big Jewcy: Simmy Kay – Jimmy Dean Cloud, Guy Who Hangs With Candy, MTV Producer, TV Jack Of All Trades

The Big Jewcy: Rachel Lerner – Vice President Of J Street

The Big Jewcy: Sara Marcus – Riot Grrrl Historian/Author

The Big Jewcy: Dan Naturman – Stand-Up Comedian

Adam Soclof, Hypersemitic.com/JTA Archive Blogger

The Big Jewcy: Emma Straub – Novelist, Bookseller, Baker

The Big Jewcy: Neetzan Zimmerman – Meme Machine At The Daily What

June 2nd

The Big Jewcy: Liz Appel – Community Acupuncture For Chicago

The Big Jewcy: Rachel Bloom – Ray Bradbury’s #1 Fan/Viral As F*ck

The Big Jewcy: Andy Cohen – Mazel Maker/Tastemaker

The Big Jewcy: Gil Ozeri – Comedian And Writer

The Big Jewcy: Greg Reitman – His Life In 30 Seconds

The Big Jewcy: Alina Simone – Rocker And Writer

The Big Jewcy: Rabbi Brent Spodek – The Hudson Valley Rabbi

The Big Jewcy: Lorin Stein – Editor Of The Paris Review

The Big Jewcy: Harris Wittels – “Parks & Recreation” Writer/Editor

June 3rd

The Big Jewcy: Jesse Israel – Cantora Records Co-Founder

The Big Jewcy: Killing My Lobster – SF’s Sketch Comedy Royalty

The Big Jewcy: Dvora Meyers – From Brooklyn Yeshiva To Pop Culture Journalist

The Big Jewcy: Rochelle Shoretz – Founder And Executive Director Of Sharsheret

The Big Jewcy: Jacob Weinstein – FreeDarko Reincarnate

June 6th

The Big Jewcy: Mike Edison – Literary Libertine

The Big Jewcy: Goldie Goldbloom – Author, Mother, Queer Frum Jew

The Big Jewcy: Michael Hearst – Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Writer, And Producer

The Big Jewcy: Amy Klein – Titus Andronicus

Big Jewcy: The Junkluggers – Lug Life Ain’t Easy

The Big Jewcy: Rachel Kramer Bussel – Cupcakes And Sex

The Big Jewcy: Rachel Sklar – New Media Machine

June 7th

The Big Jewcy: Spencer Ackerman – Wired.com National Security Blogger/Hardcore Punk Fan

The Big Jewcy: Keren Ann – Artist Par Excellence

The Big Jewcy: Roben Kantor – The Inspiring Media Maven With A Mission

The Big Jewcy: Rob Markoff – Digging Through Record Crates Turns To Jewish Freak Folk Delights

The Big Jewcy: Mike Sacks – Respects Nabokov As A Fellow Comedy Writer

The Big Jewcy: Zachary Sharaga – Bronx Raised Booze Mixologist

The Big Jewcy: Rose Surnow – “9 Feet Tall And 6 Pounds” Of Hilarious

The Big Jewcy: Edith Zimmerman – TheHairpin.com

June 8th

The Big Jewcy: Nona Willis Aronowitz – Writing, Editing, And Carrying On The Family Tradition

The Big Jewcy: Jay Louis – Documenting The Hot Girls With Douchebag Phenomenon

The Big Jewcy: Barrett Pall – A Really Good Looking Jewish Man

The Big Jewcy: Jesse Palter And The Alter Ego

The Big Jewcy: Alicia J. Rose – Portland Rock Photographer

The Big Jewcy: Brian Shimkovitz – Pushing Awesome Tapes From Africa

The Big Jewcy: Lea Zeltserman – Blogging The Soviet Jewish Experience

June 9th

The Big Jewcy: Joshie Berger – From The Hasidic World To Worst Cooks

The Big Jewcy: Jake Horowitz – Kickstarting Millennial Political Discourse

The Big Jewcy: Faryn Einhorn – Baked Goods/Bored To Death/Sketch Comedy/Probably Everything Else

The Big Jewcy: Steph Herold – Reproductive Rights Activist

The Big Jewcy: Jake Horowitz – Kickstarting Millennial Political Discourse

The Big Jewcy: Josh Kaufman – Musical Jack Of All Trades

The Big Jewcy: Hamilton Morris – Psychedelic Documentarian

The Big Jewcy: Alicia Yaffe – 21st Century Marketing Wizard

June 10th

The Big Jewcy: The Lady Aye – Sword Swallowing Sweetheart Of The Sideshow

The Big Jewcy: Dan Gregor And Doug Mand – Writing How I Met Your Mother


The Big Jewcy: Jonny Umansky And Zach Hyatt – Living The Hollywood Dream

The Big Jewcy: Dave Zirin – Sportswriting Game Changer

June 13th

The Big Jewcy: Skyler Morrison Berman – Most Stylish Jewish Baby On The Planet

The Big Jewcy: Chesa Boudin – Left Wing Scion

The Big Jewcy: Brandon Friend – Socially Networking Art

The Big Jewcy: Judd Greenstein – Composer/New Amsterdam Records

The Big Jewcy: Esther K. – Jewish Engagement Superstar

The Big Jewcy: Brian Leventhal – Brooklyn’s Wine Guy

The Big Jewcy: Ben Murane – N.I.F.’s New Generations Director


The Big Jewcy: Diana Spechler – Author

June 15th

The Big Jewcy: Ben Brandzel – Progressive Online Organizer

The Big Jewcy: Rachel Fershleiser – Literary Community Organizer

The Big Jewcy: Sarah Glidden – Comic Artist/Writer Who Tried To Understand Israel In 60 Days (Or Less)


The Big Jewcy: Shawn Landres – The Spark To Jumpstart New Ideas

The Big Jewcy: Adam Mansbach – Wanted Kid To Go The F**k To Sleep, Ended Up With A Bestseller


The Big Jewcy: Esther Petrack – America’s Next Top Jewish Model


The Big Jewcy: Emily Savage- Covering Bay Area Jews, Vegan Food, And Music With Equal Vigor

The Big Jewcy: Yona Shem Tov And Rabbi Melissa Weintraub: American Jewish Leaders Encountering Palestinians

June 15th

The Big Jewcy: Jay Buim – A New Jersey Guy Making Movies

The Big Jewcy: Meredith Fineman – JAP Is The New Black

The Big Jewcy: Eric Forman – Activist Documentarian

The Big Jewcy: Anne Hromadka – SEDER As Art

The Big Jewcy: Sara Kiener – Indie Film Marketing Maven

The Big Jewcy: Joe Mande – Regrets All His Tweets/Looked At Those F**king Hipsters

The Big Jewcy: Matt Marcus – The Best Little Food Truck In Texas

The Big Jewcy: Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum – Jewish Engagement Through Empowerment

The Big Jewcy: Mike Rosenthal – Created The Waiting For Godot Video Game

The Big Jewcy: Jacob Danish Sloan – Brooklyn Twee Pop Savant

The Big Jewcy: Jill Soloway – Writer/Producer, Making Things Happen On LA’s East Side

The Big Jewcy: Yoav Potash – Filmmaker Bent On Tikkun Olam


The Big Jewcy: Eli Valley – Drawing And Dissecting Judaism’s Idiosyncrasies

The Big Jewcy: Ken Weinstein – From Record Geek To PR Powerhouse