The Times of Israel is a Jerusalem-based online newspaper founded in 2012 to document developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world.
It was established by veteran UK-born, Israeli journalist David Horovitz and his US-based capital partner Seth Klarman. Horovitz is the founding editor, responsible for the site’s editorial content.
The Times of Israel has no partisan political affiliation. It seeks to present the news fair-mindedly and offers a wide range of analysis and opinion pieces.
We also highlight developments from Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora, and thus serve as a global focal point for the Jewish world – informing and engaging members of the tribe everywhere.
We aim for the site to serve as a platform for constructive debate regarding the challenges facing Israel, the region and the Jewish people. Rather than enabling anonymous postings, therefore, we encourage our readers to respond to our material in their own names via Facebook.
The core staff and contributors of The Times of Israel include many of Israel’s leading English-language journalists. We are also happy to consider freelance contributions, to receive news and video content, and to host your blogs. To submit content, see our Contact Us page.
The Times of Israel Staff
|Before joining The Times of Israel as diplomatic correspondent, Raphael Ahren served as Jerusalem correspondent for Haaretz English Edition. Born and raised in Germany, Ahren holds an M.A. in modern Jewish history from Yeshiva University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.|
|Linda Amar is the Assistant to the Editor and Office Manager at The Times of Israel. Having made aliya from the US in the early 1980s, she had previously worked as assistant to the editor-in-chief under six consecutive editors — most recently David Horovitz — at The Jerusalem Post.|
|Pnina Baumgarten, chief copy editor, is a native New Yorker who has lived nearly half her life in Jerusalem. She’s written, edited and licensed content for hi-tech companies, mainly at Answers.com, and did a stint at The Jerusalem Post.|
|Jewish World editor Amanda Borschel-Dan grew up both near Vancouver (where she learned how to say “out” properly) and Indianapolis. She was a Jewish Studies and History double major at Indiana University and studied Talmud at the pluralistic Machon Pardes in Jerusalem where she’s lived since 1999. From 2001 until 2011, Borschel-Dan worked at The Jerusalem Post, for the last eight years as the editor of the Friday Magazine.|
|Cleveland-native Joshua Davidovich, a news editor at The Times of Israel, has been a reporter and editor for over a decade. He lives near Jerusalem with his wife and two sons.|
|Matti Friedman covers the Land and People beat for The Times of Israel, with a focus on history, archaeology and faith. His work over the past decade as a reporter for the Associated Press and the Jerusalem Report took him from Lebanon to Morocco, Cairo, Moscow and Washington, D.C., and to conflicts in Israel and the Caucasus. His first book, “The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible,” was published in 2012 and won the American Library Association’s 2013 Sophie Brody award.|
|News editor Ron Friedman was born and raised in Israel. He has a Masters of Journalism degree from the University of British Columbia, and worked as a reporter and editor at The Jerusalem Post.|
|Mitch Ginsburg, a graduate of Brown University and a veteran of the IDF’s Paratroop Recon Unit, is our military correspondent. He has reported for The Jerusalem Report, the Forward, the Wall Street Journal and WRNI among others and has translated several works of fiction and non-fiction.|
|Before joining The Times of Israel as a news editor, Yoel Goldman worked for both the print and online editions of Haaretz. Prior to making aliyah in 2009, he practiced law for several years in New York City and Washington, DC. He lives with his fiancé and dog in Tel Aviv.|
|Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag was a reporter and anchor for Israel’s English radio and TV news. She spent two years in Hong Kong, where she was founding editor of a business Webzine, and she later ran the training and documentation departments at Given Imaging Inc. She’s now happily back in news.|
|David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel. He was previously editor of The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report. He is the author of “A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel” (2000) and “Still Life with Bombers: Israel in the Age of Terrorism” (2004).|
|Elie Leshem, a news editor at The Times of Israel, is a former Arts and Entertainment editor at The Jerusalem Post. He has translated from Hebrew into English the autobiography of criminal mastermind Yitzhak Drori and sections of the new edition of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s commentary on the Talmud.|
|Elhanan Miller, our Arab Affairs reporter, is a native of Jerusalem who is fluent in Arabic and holds a Masters degree in Middle East History and Islamic Studies from Hebrew University.|
|David Shamah edits our “Start-Up Israel” innovation section. He has specialized for more than a decade in writing about technology and computers, with a special emphasis on Israeli startups, hi-tech, biotechnology and environmental solutions. His work has appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Israel21c, and numerous other newspapers and websites in Israel and abroad.|
|Michal Shmulovich is a staff breaking news editor at The Times of Israel. Born in Jerusalem, she was raised in the United States and has worked on Capitol Hill and for NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s reelection campaign. She received her MA in Middle East history from Tel Aviv University and has worked in Israel for the UNHCR and The Israel Project.|
|Jessica Steinberg, our Culture and Lifestyle editor, has been living, working and writing in Jerusalem for the last 16 years. After covering Israel’s business and economic scene for Bloomberg News, Dow Jones Newswires, The Jerusalem Post and The Forward, Jessica has been writing about Israeli life, fashion, culture and parenting for The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Women’s Wear Daily, Tablet Magazine, JTA, Hadassah and Parents.com.|
|Sarah Tuttle-Singer, The Times of Israel social media editor, is an LA expat (reluctantly) growing roots in Israel. She’s also a contributing editor at Kveller.com. Dangerous when bored.|
The Times of Israel Editorial Board
Our editorial board is a small group of exceptional individuals who offered support for The Times of Israel during its planning stages, and from whom we will seek input as we progress.
It comprises Sharon Ashley (former editor of The Jerusalem Report and former director of Israel Engagement at Hillel), Yehuda Avner (former ambassador and adviser to a succession of Israeli prime ministers), Irwin Cotler (human rights activist and former Canadian justice minister), Efraim Halevy (former director of the Mossad, ambassador and national security adviser), Saul Singer (journalist and author of “Start-Up Nation”), and Ehud Yaari (Arab affairs commentator for Channel 2 news, journalist and author).