Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Launched in June 2009, it’s a project of the not-for-profit Nextbook Inc., which also produces the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters book series. Our archive holds all the articles and features that originally appeared on the website Nextbook.org.
WRITING FOR TABLET MAGAZINE
Tablet welcomes submissions from freelance writers. Please submit a full pitch—including a detailed description of what you’d like to write, a brief biography, links to previously published stories, and, if necessary, a short writing sample—to the appropriate section editor. Do not submit a completed piece. Successful pitches will display a working knowledge of Tablet Magazine and the content it publishes. We are not currently accepting unsolicited fiction.
Arts and culture pitches should go to Matthew Fishbane, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life and religion pitches should go to Wayne Hoffman, email@example.com.
News and politics pitches should go to Allison Hoffman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vox Tablet pitches should go to Julie Subrin, email@example.com.
Editor-in-chief: Alana Newhouse
Publisher: Jesse Oxfeld
Managing editor: Wayne Hoffman
Literary editor: David Samuels
Senior editors: Stephanie Butnick, Matthew Fishbane, Allison Hoffman
Senior writer: Liel Leibovitz
Associate editor: Sara Ivry
Staff writer: Batya Ungar-Sargon
Executive producer, audio: Julie Subrin
Art director: Abigail Miller
Director of business development: Adam Teeter
Social media editor: Elissa Goldstein
Copy editor: Sian Gibby
Contributing writer: Yair Rosenberg
Editorial interns: Hannah Dreyfus, Lily Wilf
Contributing editors: Elisa Albert, Gal Beckerman, Mayim Bialik, Emily Botein, Joseph Braude, Robin Cembalest, Douglas Century, Adam Chandler, Joshua Cohen, Jeremy Dauber, Vanessa Davis, Blake Eskin, Alexander Gelfand, Rebecca Goldstein, Hadara Graubart, Jesse Green, Ben Greenman, Marit Haahr, Lynn Harris, Dara Horn, Marjorie Ingall, Rodger Kamenetz, David Kaufmann, Ari Kelman, Adam Kirsch, Stuart Klawans, Melvin Konner, Elena Lappin, Adam Lebor, David Lehman, Hugh Levinson, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Josh Lambert, Seth Lipsky, Deborah Lipstadt, Eryn Loeb, Jonathan Mahler, David Margolick, Daphne Merkin, David Mikics, Joan Nathan, Victor Navasky, Sherwin Nuland, Mark Oppenheimer, Willa Paskin, Robert Pinsky, Eddy Portnoy, Nessa Rapaport, Lauren Redniss, Jody Rosen, Jeannie Rosenfeld, Jonathan Sarna, Esther Schor, Gary Shteyngart, Rachel Shukert, Ilan Stavans, Mimi Sheraton, Joseph Telushkin, Nathan Thrall, Michael Weiss, Leon Wieseltier, Jonathan Wilson, Ruth Wisse, Wesley Yang
Stephanie Butnick, a senior editor, runs the The Scroll, Tablet’s news blog. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Duke University and a master’s in journalism and religious studies from NYU.
Matthew Fishbane, senior editor
Matthew oversees cultural coverage for Tablet Magazine. A graduate of New York University’s Journalism Institute, Matthew’s reporting has taken him from Colombian jungles to Chinese backwaters, writing for The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Outside, The Walrus, and other publications.
Allison Hoffman, senior editor
Allison Hoffman believes being a journalist is the best job in the world. She splits her time between New York and Washington, covering politics and the Jewish community. Before joining Tablet, she was the Jerusalem Post’s New York correspondent. Allison also worked for the Associated Press in its San Diego bureau, covering politics, the military, and legal affairs. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on the 2003 California wildfires, and also worked as a fact-checker at the New Yorker. Allison earned her undergraduate degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, and holds a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Wayne Hoffman, managing editor
Wayne, who also oversees Tablet’s Life & Religion section, previously served as managing editor at The Forward, Billboard, and the New York Blade. His cultural reporting has appeared in the Washington Post, Village Voice, The Nation, Instinct, and elsewhere. He has published two novels—Hard and Sweet Like Sugar—and edited the anthology What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright. His essays and short fiction appear in several collections, including Best Gay Stories 2010, I Like It Like That, Mama’s Boy, and Generation Q. He has a bachelor’s degree in social politics from Tufts, and a master’s in American studies from NYU.
Marjorie Ingall writes about parenting, and Life & Religion, for Tablet Magazine. The former “East Village Mamele” columnist for The Forward, she has also been a contributing writer at Self, a contributing editor at Glamour, and a writer and editor for Sassy. She has written for The New York Times, Redbook, New York, Seventeen, Ms., Food & Wine, and Wired. She is the author of The Field Guide to North American Males and the co-author of Hungry.
Sara Ivry, associate editor
Sara, a graduate of Barnard College and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, has written about business, books, education, art, and health for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Real Simple, Bookforum, and other publications. She hosts Tablet Magazine’s weekly podcast, “Vox Tablet,” and she also runs Tablet’s social-media efforts. Her day-school elementary education enabled her to inform her mother, in a letter written at age 8, that “You are like the pharaoh and I am like all these slaves.”
Etgar Keret, who writes Tablet Magazine’s monthly column from Israel, is the author of five books, including, most recently, The Girl on the Fridge. He has contributed to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and This American Life. Keret is also a filmmaker, and his 2007 movie, Jellyfish, won the Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Adam Kirsch, a book critic., is a senior editor at The New Republic. He has written several books of poetry and poetry criticism and is the author of Benjamin Disraeli, a biography in the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters series.
Josh Lambert received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, where he contributed to the Harvard Lampoon, and a doctorate in English literature from the University of Michigan. He is the author of American Jewish Fiction, and he has earned fellowships from the Center for Jewish History and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, as well as a residency at the MacDowell Colony.
Liel Leibovitz, senior writer
Liel is the author, most recently, of The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ideals of Divine Election, co-written with Todd Gitlin. A native of Tel Aviv, he completed his doctoral studies in communications at Columbia University, researching the ontology of video games. This means he spends more time playing games than a grown man should.
Abigail Miller, art director
Abigail, who makes sure Tablet Magazine has pictures, was a letterpress printer, a nanny, a bookseller, a typesetter, an apprentice plasterer, and a puppet maker before joining the staff. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in literature and studio art, placing her on this obvious career path.
Joan Nathan is Tablet Magazine’s food columnist and the author of ten cookbooks including the new Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Food Arts Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard.
Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief
Alana joined Nextbook in September 2008 and oversaw its redesign and relaunch as Tablet Magazine. Before that, she spent five years as culture editor of the Forward, where she supervised coverage of books, films, dance, music, art, and ideas. She also started a line of Forward-branded books with W.W. Norton and edited its maiden publication, A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forward. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Alana has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Slate.
Jesse Oxfeld, publisher
Jesse joined Tablet Magazine to work on its launch, and he served as its executive editor until the end of 2011, when he took on his publishing duties. Also the theater reviewer for The New York Observer, he was a senior editor at New York magazine, working on its “Intelligencer” section, and the founding editor of the Daily Intel blog on nymag.com. He has been the editor of Gawker; on staff at Brill’s Content, Editor & Publisher, Book magazine, Mediabistro.com, and, for six weeks, ABC News; and he started his career as an intern at Newsweek. A graduate of Stanford University, Jesse was inexplicably named to the Forward 50, the newspaper’s list of the 50 most influential U.S. Jews, in 2005.
David Samuels, literary editor
David, Tablet Magazine’s literary editor, is a contributing editor at Harper’s and a regular contributor to The Atlantic and The New Yorker. He is the author of two books, The Runner and Only Love Can Break Your Heart, a collection of his journalism.
Julie Subrin, executive producer, audio
Julie has produced the site’s weekly podcast since 2005. She was previously an associate producer of Public Radio International’s The Next Big Thing, and she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and a master’s from Stanford. Her favorite podcasts from the archive include Gregory Warner’s dispatch from a makeshift memorial in Rwanda, Sara Ivry’s conversation with novelist Howard Jacobson, and a story about a batch of love letters discovered by a German stamp collector.