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Paul Wieder

Imagine a man with the charisma of Cary Grant, the audacity of Marlon Brando, and the brilliance of Laurence Olivier. That's George Clooney. I'm more… Jason Alexander. I was born in Cleveland in 1970, but entered Northwestern in 1988, moving to Chicago permanently (so far) in 1994… so there is some hesitancy as to where I'm "from". I have three gorgeous, genius children- two of high-school age and a first-grader. As of 2007, I have a wife who is prettier, smarter and more athletic than me. And we have a mini Labradoodle who is just plain ridiculous. Me? I have worked for JUF's Marketing Communications department since coming to Chicago, where I edited the Tween Page of JUF's website, including one of the most comprehensive lists of Jewish celebs on the Web. For the last several years, I have been the associate editor of JUF News. I have kept writing on the side, doing my own creative writing and now blogging. Since 1999, I have been reviewing Jewish music, with a recent series of podcasts in which I interview that genre's major figures, including Matisyahu, David Broza, and Debbie Friedman, as well as other musical celebrities, including Peter Paul & Mary's Peter Yarrow, classical pianist Yefim Bronfman, and the late jazz icon Dave Brubeck, as well as Scandal's Josh Malina, I spend way too much of my time in front of "glowing rectangles", even though I like to be outdoors. I am somewhat handy tool-wise, am competent in the kitchen, and I can fold a king-size fitted sheet by myself. I read mostly non-fiction, and I don't get enough sleep. Oh, and when I grow up I want to be Roger Ebert.

Articles by this Author
It sounds Jewish, but is it? People Edition photo
It’s time to play everyone’s favorite game -- is that person Jewish?
It sounds Jewish, but is it? Part 2 photo
Last time, we examined words and terms with “Jew” in them, but there are many more things that sound as if they could be Jewish, yet aren’t.
It sounds Jewish, but is it? photo
Not everything that sounds Jewish is Jewish.
And the award is named for photo
In many cases a high honor, prize or award in that field is named for a Jewish pioneer in that area.
10 English Words from Hebrew photo
Ten English words that come from the Hebrew language that don’t originate in the Torah.
10 English Words that Come from Torah photo
Here are just 10 of the many words we still use from the Torah today, what they mean now, and what the Torah meant by them.
Neo-Nazis on Film
How should a Jewish person in today’s America react when confronted with Nazism? Film is one way we have wrestled with and explored this question.

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