Global Staff

Global Staff

Administration

Ami-Eden

AMI EDEN  is JTA’s CEO and editor in chief, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the agency’s operations, including editorial, business, marketing and fundraising. Before joining JTA in the summer of 2007, he served as executive editor of the Forward newspaper and the founding editor of the Jewish Daily Forward Web site. He also worked as an editor of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia.
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Lee Silverstein

LENORE A. SILVERSTEIN  is JTA’s Director of Finance and Administration.  She is responsible for the financial and operational management of the agency. She joined JTA in 1996 after serving as the assistant director of finance and administration at Columbia University. Her extensive experience includes financial positions at Mobil Oil, Time Warner and Merrill Lynch.  She holds an MBA in finance from Zicklin School of Business-CUNY.
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Nancy Clayman

NANCY CLAYMAN is JTA’s Director of Development responsible for guiding the organization’s overall fundraising strategy and Board development. She joined the agency in April, 2008 after serving as the National Director of Grassroots Fundraising at Hadassah. She was the Development Officer for “She Said/Women in News” which aired nationally on PBS and went on to win a 2002 National News Emmy. email

U.S. Staff

Marc Brodsky

MARC BRODSKY is JTA’s copy editor. Prior to joining JTA in 2006, he served 15 years as the assistant managing editor at The New York Jewish Week. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in news and sports for daily and weekly newspapers in New Jersey.
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Ben Harris

BEN HARRIS is JTA’s associate editor. In his seven years with JTA, he has reported from more than 15 countries. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, New York magazine, among other publications.
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Uri Heilman

URIEL HEILMAN is JTA’s senior writer and former managing editor. He re-joined JTA in 2007 after a stint doing independent reporting in Israel and the Arab world. Before that, he served as New York bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post. An award-winning journalist, he has served as JTA’s managing editor, news editor and worked as a reporter for a variety of publications in the United States and in Israel.
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Ron Kampeas

RON KAMPEAS is JTA’s Washington bureau chief, responsible for coordinating coverage in the U.S. capital and analyzing political developments that affect the Jewish world. He comes to JTA from The Associated Press, where he worked for more than a decade in its bureaus in Jerusalem, New York, London and, most recently, Washington. He has reported from Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Bosnia and West Africa. While living in Israel, he also worked for the Jerusalem Post and several Jewish organizations.
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Julie wiener

JULIE WIENER is JTA’s online editor. She got her professional journalism start at the Detroit Jewish News in 1997, and has been reporting on American Jewish life ever since. From 1999-2002, she was a staff writer at JTA; from 2002-2013 she worked at The New York Jewish Week, where she eventually became associate editor and won several awards for her coverage of Jewish education. For six years, she wrote “In The Mix,” a groundbreaking column and blog on interfaith relationships. She has also written for The Wall Street Journal, New York Sun and Associated Press, and is a contributor to a forthcoming CCAR Press anthology about the legacy of women rabbis.
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EDMON J. RODMAN is a JTA columnist who writes on Jewish life from Los Angeles.
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Middle East Bureau

Ben Sales

BEN SALES is JTA’s Israel correspondent. He reports on Israeli politics, culture, society and economics—in addition to covering Palestinian and regional affairs. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Columbia University Journalism School, he is the former editor-in-chief of New Voices, the national Jewish student magazine.
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Marcy Oster

MARCY OSTER is a JTA correspondent in Israel. She worked at the Cleveland Jewish News for nearly 12 years and was senior staff reporter when she made aliyah in 2000. She has won several awards for her writing from organizations including The Press Club of Cleveland, Society for Professional Journalists, Women in Communications and the American Jewish Press Association.
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Foreign and Domestic Correspondents

Hillel Kuttler

HILLEL KUTTLER  in 2011 launched “Seeking Kin,” his now-thrice-monthly column on people searching for long-lost relatives and friends. Hillel also writes regularly for the N.Y. Times, where his features often tackle the nexus of sports and history. Hillel served for 6 1/2 years as The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau chief. He has earned national awards for his feature stories on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and on NBA player Omri Casspi.
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Cnaan Liphshiz

CNAAN LIPHSHIZ is JTA’s news and features correspondent in Europe. Based in the Netherlands, he covers the mosaic of cultures, languages and traditions that is European Jewry. Born in Israel, he used to work as foireign news editor for Ma’ariv and as a reporter for Haaretz.
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Ruth Ellen Gruber

RUTH ELLEN GRUBER  is JTA’s senior European correspondent. Based in Rome, she travels and writes extensively on Jewish affairs in Italy, Central and Eastern Europe and other European countries. A former UPI reporter, she has also written for The New York Times and the Encyclopaedia Judaica. She is also the author of several books: Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe, Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to East-Central Europe and Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today.
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TOM TUGEND is JTA’s Los Angeles correspondent. A veteran journalist, he also writes for the Jerusalem Post, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and the London Jewish Chronicle.
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Ron Csillag

RON CSILLAG is JTA’s correspondent in Toronto. He was a reporter for the Canadian Jewish News for 20 years. He is currently a freelance writer for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Religion News Service in Washington. He has a journalism degree from Concordia University in Montreal and has been awarded both a Lilly and Gralla fellowship in religious journalism.
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Toby Axelrod

TOBY AXELROD is JTA’s correspondent for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. A former assistant director of the American Jewish Committee’s Berlin office, she has also worked as staff writer and editor at the New York Jewish Week. She has won numerous awards from the New York Press Association and the American Jewish Press Association. She has published books on Holocaust history for teen-agers.
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DINAH A. SPRITZER  is JTA’s correspondent in Prague. She has been covering the former Eastern European bloc since 1990 and currently serves as the news editor of The Prague Post. The former Europe editor for Travel Weekly, she also contributes to several other publications, including The Independent on Sunday, Conde Nast Traveler and several guidebooks on the Czech Republic.
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DEVORAH LAUTER is a JTA Paris correspondent. She has written and worked for the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press Paris bureaus, and is a regular contributor to The New Waver Quarterly, which covers French culture.  Lauter is currently completing a master’s thesis at Saint Denis University on the relationship between Jewish and Muslim youth in Parisian low-income suburbs, as well as a collection of true stories on a Jewish and Muslim mixed gang
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MARCUS MORAES  is JTA’s correspondent in Rio de Janeiro. A freelance journalist and columnist, he contributes to Brazilian Jewish newspapers, magazines and news portals. He also produces news content for Web sites.
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Dan Goldberg

DAN GOLDBERG is a former national editor of the Australian Jewish News. He currently writes for Haaretz as well as The Jewish Chronicle in Britain. He is also a TV producer and writer for an independent TV production company.
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MOIRA SCHNEIDER  is a JTA correspondent in South Africa. A law graduate and psychology major, she is the Cape Town correspondent for the South African Jewish Report. She contributes to London’s Jewish Chronicle, is a reporter for the Cape Jewish Chronicle and has been published in the Cape Times and Cape Argus.
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