Top 10 stories on jewishaz.com in 2013

In last week’s editorial, we highlighted what we felt were the top 10 local stories we covered in 2013. However, our website analytics tell us which stories received the most hits online so here’s a countdown of the top 10 most-read stories (or of the top 10 that received the most page views, if you want to get technical) in 2013:

10: “Swapping bagels for tortillas in Peace Corps: In this first-person piece, Kara Zucker, a member of Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, writes about her experience living as a Jew in El Salvador while serving in the Peace Corps.

9: “Elf toy meets its Jewish match: ‘Mensch on a Bench’ “: In this story, JNS.org speaks to entrepreneur Neal Hoffman about his Hanukkah version of The Elf on the Shelf.

8: World roundup 5-17-13: When we select stories for the newspaper, there’s no way of knowing for sure which ones will interest readers the most, but the two briefs selected for the May 17 world roundup turned out to be popular ones. The headlines were “Syria warns it could enter Golan” and “Livni moves for women’s inclusion.”

7: “Emanuel teen now home, thanks to Facebook post” A missing Mesa teen returned safely to his home last week, after thousands across the country participated in the search via social media.

6: “To Ramallah and back: A student’s take on Israeli security”: Mollie Adatto, who grew up in Scottsdale, shares her thoughts on Israeli security after spending time in Israel as an intern for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

5: “Emanuel teen missing“: When a 13-year-old Mesa teen was reported missing, the report was shared thousands of times in Facebook posts from people across the country. A follow-up story about how Facebook posts helped his family find him is in this week’s issue (Jan. 3).

4: “Memorial service for 11-year-old killed in automobile accident“: This very short, sad brief was posted to inform the community about a memorial service for a young girl who died in a tragic accident.

3: “Remembering Granite Mountain Hotshots“: This article is a reprint of an April 25, 2012 story written by Connor Radnovich from Cronkite News Service that profiled the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the firefighting crew that died June 30 battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

2: “ASU Hillel hires new director“: This article introduces the community to Debbie Yunker Kail after she was hired as the new executive director of Hillel at Arizona State University. Her predecessor, Rabbi Barton Lee, had served as head of the organization for four decades.

And the most popular story of 2013 was:

Valley Beit Midrash hires one of ‘America’s top 50 rabbis’: This announcement about Valley Beit Midrash hiring Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz to serve as its new executive director received the most views of the 2,114 stories posted on jewishaz.com in 2013.

Happy New Year!

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