Last year, we started our Top Jew of the Year list by featuring “Jews who embody the best in Jewish values.” For 2011, however, we had to readjust our thinking a bit. Below, a list of Jews in the News, with the best of the Tribe up top, and the rest…well, you’ll see.
1) Gilad Shalit
The soldier endured five years as Hamas’ prisoner, and then returned home with grace and a smile on his face.
2) Gabby Giffords
3) Debbie Friedman
She left us this year, but brought light to all our lives. Her music has defined our spirituality.
4) Chuck “Chaim” Lorre
For canning Charlie Sheen. He saw a reckless villain and booted him, then took the heat.
5) Amy Winehouse
Beautiful voice, sad, sad voice; in song and in life, she touched our hearts for her vulnerability and soul.
6) Ryan Braun*
7) Matisyahu’s beard
Gone, but never to be forgotten!
Brett Ratner Billy Crystal
Can’t we just forget his escapades, already?
10) Dominique Strauss-Kahn
The sexual assault charges were dropped and the former IMF head is now back in France. Still: shame on you, Monsieur DSK—and good riddance.