Mazel Tov, Ari!

Becky here…

When we all arrived at the office this morning we had an email waiting for us from a Council Member that had the heading above and this inside:
Look who’s among The Forward 50, 2009
(Media and Culture) —

Clicked the link and lo and behold it’s our very own, Ari Roth, listed among the likes of Steven Spielberg, Ruth Messinger, The Coen Brothers…and well 46 other individuals each working dilligently and tirelessly in their own respects.

Curious about how this list was put together I found this…
“The Forward 50 began 15 years ago, the brain-child of Seth Lipsky, founding editor of the English Forward, who went in search “of the men and women who are leading the American Jewish community into the 21st century.”

Ari Roth
Ari Roth, the ebullient playwright and director of Theater J in Washington, D.C., took a risk in the aftermath of January’s Israeli military incursion into Gaza: In March, he staged a reading of Caryl Churchill’s Palestinian protest play, “Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza,” at Washington’s Jewish Community Center. After 12 years at Theater J, during which time he consolidated and expanded its quality, reach and repertoire, Roth, 48, is still willing to go out on a limb. Not only did he stage the Churchill play this year — garnering protests — but he had previously staged Motti Lerner’s “Pangs of the Messiah,” about the Israeli settlements, and Hillel Mittelpunkt’s “The Accident,” about Israel’s hypocritical intelligentsia. “I don’t program to offend the Jewish community, but to be in dialogue on issues that are extremely important,” Roth said.

From Shirley…
“Ebullient (adj.)
1. Zestfully enthusiastic.
2. Boiling or seeming to boil; bubbling.

If the shoe fits….

Yay for our ever-enthusiastic and truly zestful AD!”

On behalf of the staff….Mazel Tov, Ari!