Global Staff

JTA Staff


Andrew oversees JTA’s editorial operations. Previously he served as editor in chief and CEO of the New Jersey Jewish News, and wrote an award-winning weekly column that appeared there and in the Times of Israel. He was previously the managing editor of the Forward newspaper, editor of the Washington (D.C.) Jewish Week, senior editor of the bimonthly Moment magazine, and a reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He is an alumnus of the Jerusalem Fellows, an international program in Jewish education based in Jerusalem. He is the author, in 2016, of “From Sinai to Seinfeld: The History of Jewish Humor,” a curriculum written for The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

MARC BRODSKY, Chief Copy Editor

Marc 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. Marc also has worked as a reporter and editor in news and sports for daily and weekly newspapers in New Jersey.

GABE FRIEDMAN, Associate Editor for Digital

Gabe edits The Telegraph and runs JTA’s homepage. Prior to joining JTA, Gabe was an arts and culture fellow at the Forward, where he wrote dozens of stories, including a feature on a Jewish family who settled in Pakistan and a profile of the Jewish founder of the popular music venue-bowling alley Brooklyn Bowl. Gabe has also been published in The New York Times and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

MARCY OSTER, Briefs Editor

Marcy worked at the Cleveland Jewish News for nearly 12 years and was a senior staff reporter before moving to Israel in 2000. She has won several awards for her writing from The Press Club of Cleveland, the Society for Professional Journalists, Women in Communications and the American Jewish Press Association.

RON KAMPEAS, Washington Bureau Chief

Since 2003, Ron has covered politics and diplomacy for JTA. He worked previously at The Associated Press, where he spent 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.

BEN SALES, U.S. Correspondent

Ben reports on religion, politics, culture, society and economics. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he is the former editor-in-chief of New Voices, the national Jewish student magazine.


CNAAN LIPHSHIZ, Europe Correspondent

Based in the Netherlands, Cnaan reports on Jewish life throughout Europe. Born in Israel, he previously worked as foreign news editor for Maariv and as a reporter for Haaretz.


Josefin covers, among other things, the intersection of religion and politics, interfaith relations and food. Prior to joining JTA, she wrote for the Forward, Times of Israel and Psychology Today. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Government from Cornell University.

Editorial Administration

AMI EDEN, CEO and Executive Editor, 70 Faces Media

Ami oversees editorial, business, marketing and fundraising for JTA’s parent company, 70 Face Media. He served previously as JTA’s CEO and editor-in-chief. Before joining JTA in the summer of 2007, he served as executive editor of the Forward and founding editor of the Forward’s website. He also worked as an editor of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia.
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DEBORAH KOLBEN, COO and Editorial Director, 70 Faces Media

Deborah oversees operations and editorial visioning for 70 Faces Media. She was the founding editor of Kveller and was previously the city editor of The New York Sun and the managing editor of the Village Voice. She earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and received an Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to report in Germany. She has written for The New York Times, Financial Times, The New York Daily News and The Forward. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

JTA Global Correspondents


Toby covers Germany, Switzerland and Austria for JTA. 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 is the author of books on Holocaust history for teenagers.


Dan covers Australia and New Zealand for JTA. A former editor of the Australian Jewish News, he has also worked in-house at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Bulletin magazine. He now runs an independent production company, Mint Pictures, and specializes in documentaries. He produced “Code of Silence,” an investigation into child sexual abuse at a Chabad institution in Melbourne. The film won the 2014 Walkley Award for best documentary, Australia’s highest journalistic award. He is currently producing a sequel to “Code of Silence.”


Ruth 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 Encyclopedia Judaica. She is the author of the 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.”


David was a reporter and staff writer for The Canadian Jewish News for 30 years. Currently, he is a freelance writer for the Jewish Chronicle in London. His work has also appeared in The National Post and Montreal Gazette. He has a humanities degree from McGill University in Montreal and been awarded the Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism from the American Jewish Press Association.


Marcus is JTA’s correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro. He covers news in Brazil and other Latin American countries, not including Argentina. He has been a longtime contributor to Brazilian Jewish publications Alef, Morasha, Menorah and Revista 18. He served as senior editor of the news portal for several years. Today he is a corporate communications executive and a freelance journalist.

TOM TUGEND, Los Angeles

Tom covers Hollywood, California politics and Jewish life. A longtime journalist, he has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times and the AP’s Madrid bureau. He is a veteran of World War II, Israel’s War of Independence and the Korean War.


Penny is a freelance journalist specializing in the arts, Jewish children’s literature and other Jewish subjects. She has been published in the Boston Globe, The Times of Israel,, WBUR’s TheARTery, Hadassah Magazine and the Jewish Journal of Boston.


Victor is an award-winning writer, editor, author, playwright and commentator, among other things. A graduate of Stanford University and the New School’s MFA program, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the Forward and other major magazines and newspapers. Victor also served as special aide to Chancellor Arnold Eisen at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he assisted with researching, editing and writing official speeches and publications. His words can also be seen — and heard — via his efforts as senior editor at arts journal KCMetropolis and his regular commentary on NPR affiliate KCUR-FM. In 2010, he was named New York’s second-funniest amateur Jewish comedian by The Jewish Week. Seriously.