About Us

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.


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 do not accept freelance opinion or editorial (op-ed) writing. We are not currently accepting unsolicited fiction or poetry. If you submit a proposal for an op-ed, or an article that is op-ed writing, or a fiction manuscript, you will not receive a reply from us.

Arts and Culture pitches should go to Matthew Fishbane, mfishbane@tabletmag.com.
Life and Religion pitches should go to Wayne Hoffman, whoffman@tabletmag.com.
News and Politics pitches should go to Jacob Siegel, jsiegel@tabletmag.com.


Editor in chief: Alana Newhouse
Executive editor: Wayne Hoffman
Deputy editor: Stephanie Butnick
Editor at large: Mark Oppenheimer
Features editor: Matthew Fishbane
News editor: Jacob Siegel
Community editor: Liel Leibovitz
Assistant editors: Marjorie Ingall, Noam Blum
Senior writers: Yair RosenbergArmin Rosen
Contributing writer: Sean Cooper
Director of business development: Gabriel Sanders
Art director: Esther Werdiger
Copy editor: Larry Greenberg
European Correspondent: Bernard-Henri Lévy
Critic at large: Paul Berman
Literary editor: David Samuels
Multimedia director: Josh Kross
Unorthodox podcast production: Sara Fredman-Aeder, Melissa Kaplan


Paul Berman is Tablet’s critic at large. He is the author of A Tale of Two Utopias, Terror and Liberalism, Power and the Idealists, and The Flight of the Intellectuals.

Noam Blum, assistant editor
Noam is a podcaster and content creator focusing on video and audio. He has a degree in sound engineering and music production from Berklee College of Music.

Stephanie Butnick

Stephanie Butnick, deputy editor
Stephanie co-hosts Tablet’s Unorthodox podcast. She has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and contributed to the anthology God, Faith & Identity From the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors. She has a bachelor’s degree in religion from Duke and a master’s in religious studies from NYU.

Sean Cooper, contributing writer
Sean has contributed to The New Republic, n+1, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Baffler, The Atavist, Victory Journal, The Daily Beast, The Awl, and others. Based in Philadelphia, he’s currently at work on his first book, Blood Cries Out (Penguin), which tells the story of an unsolved murder and the 1980s farm crisis across the American Midwest.

Sean has contributed to TheNew Republic, n+1, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Baffler, The Atavist, Victory Journal, The Daily Beast,The Awl, and others. Based in Philadelphia, he’s currently at work onhis first book, Blood Cries Out (Penguin),which tells the story of an unsolved murder and the 1980s farm crisis acrossthe American Midwest.

Matthew Fishbane

Matthew Fishbane, features editor
Matthew handles culture and features for Tablet magazine. He is the author of Solomon’s Island, and he has reported from Cambodia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, India, Israel, Uganda, and Venezuela for Tablet, VQR, Boston Review, The New York Times, and other publications.

Wayne Hoffman

Wayne Hoffman, executive editor
Wayne, who also oversees Tablet’s Life and 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, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The Nation, Instinct, and elsewhere. He has published three novels—An Older Man, Hard, and Sweet Like Sugar—and edited the anthology What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright. He has a bachelor’s degree in social politics from Tufts, and a master’s in American studies from NYU.

Marjorie Ingall, assistant editor
Marjorie writes about Life and Religion for Tablet magazine. She’s also a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the author of Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children and The Field Guide to North American Males. The former “East Village Mamele” columnist for the Forward, she’s been a contributing writer at Self, a contributing editor at Glamour, and senior writer at Sassy.

Liel Leibovitz

Liel Leibovitz, community editor
Liel is the author, most recently, of A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen. He has a Ph.D. in video games from Columbia University, and plays the fat conservative on Tablet’s popular podcast Unorthodox.

Joan Nathan is Tablet magazine’s food columnist and the author of 10 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

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.

Mark Oppenheimer

Mark Oppenheimer, editor at large
Mark hosts Tablet’s podcast Unorthodox. He also writes for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and other magazines and is the author of three books, including Thirteen and a Day, about crashing bar and bat mitzvahs nationwide, and Wisenheimer, his memoir of surviving years of high school debate. He has a wife, two dogs, and one more daughters than the president’s had marriages.

Eddy Portnoy, a contributing editor for Tablet magazine, teaches Yiddish language and literature at Rutgers University. He is the academic adviser at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Armin Rosen, senior writer
Armin has reported from throughout the Middle East and Africa for publications including the Atlantic, the New Republic, and Harpers. A former military and defense editor for Business Insider, he received a grant from the International Reporting Project to report from Niger in 2015. Follow him on Twitter.

Yair Rosenberg

Yair Rosenberg, senior writer
Yair covers the intersection of politics, culture, and religion for Tablet. His work on these and other subjects has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and the Jewish Review of Books, among others, but he does his best work on Twitter. He also serves as editor of “Israel’s Documented Story,” the English-language blog of Israel’s National Archives. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies and history from Harvard University.

David Samuels

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.

Gabriel Sanders, director of business development
Gabriel, one of Tablet’s founding editors, today oversees advertising and fundraising for the magazine. From 2011 through 2015 he directed the public programs department at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage. His writing and reviews have appeared in The Forward, Bookforum, Time Out New York, The New York Times Book Review, and other outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and master’s in European history from the University of Chicago.

Jacob Siegel, news editor
Jacob edits the news section at Tablet. He co-edited the literary anthology Fire and Forget: Short Stories From the Long War and wrote the collection’s lead story. He has written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Politico, the New York Daily News, Vice, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere. He co-hosts Manifesto! A Podcast, a podcast about art and manifestoes, with National Book Award winner Phil Klay. He is a former Army officer and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Esther Werdiger

Esther Werdiger, art director
Esther oversees art for Tablet. In her spare time, she writes, illustrates, podcasts, and makes comics. Her work has also appeared at The Awl, The Hairpin, Saveur, and Lilith.