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Pick the Hed: “An Arab Jew Travels Home” or “Adventures in Arabia”?

So part of Jewcy’s ethos is to be participatory, interactive, generally open source-y. We’d like our site users to help make Jewcy what it is, and for our editorial processes to be more-or-less transparent. So in that spirit, I’m submitting … Read More

By / November 21, 2006

So part of Jewcy’s ethos is to be participatory, interactive, generally open source-y. We’d like our site users to help make Jewcy what it is, and for our editorial processes to be more-or-less transparent. So in that spirit, I’m submitting a current Jewcy staff dilemma to the floor. On Friday our lead story will be the first of several dispatches from a young Iraqi-American Jew who is traveling in the Persian Gulf. His mother is a Baghdadi Jew, and our correspondent speaks fluent Iraqi Arabic. He identifies strongly with both Arab and Jewish culture. The staff can’t decide on the headline for the article. One group thinks we should get the term “Arab Jew” in the headline, because most Ashkenazi Jews likely don’t suppose that such a thing exists, and indeed most Jews whose ancestry is in the Arab countries reject the term, too. But not our correspondent. So one possible headline is “An Arab Jew Travels Home.” The alternative is “Adventures in Arabia," somewhat catchier and more concise.

Basically the disagreement revolves around whether the term “Arab Jew” is intrinsically interesting. If any Jewcy users care to express a preference between (1) “An Arab Jew Travels Home” or (2) “Adventures in Arabia” as headline for the story I’ve described, we’re all ears.

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