E. Randol Schoenberg is a lawyer and lecturer at the University of Southern California. He specializes in legal cases related to the recovery of looted or stolen artworks, particularly those by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. He is one of the central figures of the 2015 film Woman in Gold, which depicted the case of Maria Altmann against the government of Austria. Schoenberg was portrayed by Ryan Reynolds.
Elle Tzur is currently an undergraduate student studying government at IDC Herzliya in Israel. She made aliyah in 2019 from the bay area and is now living in Tel Aviv. Having been an active member of the reform movement throughout her childhood, Elle tries to provide those reflections into her Jewish content and produce a nuanced perspective on all things Judaism and Israel.
Gerri Miller is a veteran entertainment and lifestyle journalist who has contributed to a variety of print and Internet outlets, including Glamour, Redbook, People.com, MadeMan.com, Hollywood.com, Howstuffworks.com, TheGloss.com, Maxim, and Men’s Fitness. In addition to From the Grapevine, she currently contributes to the Dish Magazine, InterfaithFamily.com, BrainWorld, and Science News for Students among other publications. With roots in New York but happily living in Los Angeles since 1993, she’s a former Jeopardy! champion and plays Scrabble online every day.
Gil Troy is a Distinguished Scholar of North American History at McGill University, and the author of nine books on American History and three books on Zionism: Why I am a Zionist (2001,2006); Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism (2012);and The Zionist Ideas (2018). His book, Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People, co-authored with Natan Sharansky was just published by PublicAffairs of Hachette.
Ilana E. Strauss is a Microsoft Word ninja living in Brooklyn. She’s was a staff writer at From the Grapevine, and has also written for The Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, GOOD Magazine and the Washington Post.
If you ask Isaac or Julia where they’re from, make sure you have have a few hours… As ‘mixed’ Jews, they live the experience of multi-cultural, diasporic Judaism, extending as far as Jewish History does—from the Middle East, to Iberia, to Eastern Europe, to the United States, to Latin America.Follow
Jaime Fraze was a staff writer, copy editor and web producer at From the Grapevine. She has written and edited for several print and digital publications in Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Delaware and North Carolina. A native of Philadelphia, she graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two kids.
A career journalist working for some of the biggest names in the industry, John took an adult gap year and somehow ended up being a chef on a kibbutz in Israel. Obsessions include all things hummus and herring… the intersection of Judaism, philosophy, and spirituality… and how mass media can make the world a better place.Follow
Sarah F. Berkowitz was born in Jerusalem, raised in Detroit, and currently lives in Atlanta with her Manhattan born and bred husband. Her dream of becoming a psychologist was traded in for a laptop and chef’s hat when she decided to pursue her passion for writing and food. Sarah enjoys cooking, trying to get food to stay still for a good shot, and convincing her kids that they’re really lucky to have a chef as a mom. They’re still waiting for dinner.Follow
Tori Luecking is a multimedia journalist based in New York City with a focus on religion reporting and local features. She is a former Hillel professional and a former student of Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. She loves Hebrew, and her favorite Jewish holiday is Yom Kippur.