Avram Mlotek is an Orthodox rabbi, cantor, actor and writer. A grandchild of Holocaust survivors and Yiddish cultural icons, he is the author of "Why Jews Do That" and "Passover in a Pandemic."
Brooke is a rising third-year at Rutgers University New Brunswick, studying for a B.A. in English and Jewish Studies with a minor in Holocaust Studies. She writes for the Jewish on Campus Journalism Team.
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
Ivy Halpern is an intern at unpacked. She’s a student at Stuyvesant High school in New York City. In her spare time she dreams about making Aliyah.
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.
Before moving to Israel with his family, Jeffrey Schrager was the Middle School Judaic Studies Coordinator at the Akiba Academy of Dallas, TX. He has developed curricula, particularly for teaching Tanakh and Jewish genealogy, and has published several articles on Jewish education. He is also the founder of L'dor Vador, an organization promoting the use of Jewish genealogy in education and a professional genealogist.
Jerry James Stone is an American food blogger, vegetarian chef, activist, and internet personality, known for simple gourmet recipes, advocacy for a sustainable food and wine movement, and as a social media personality. In 2015, a Sierra Club magazine article named him one of nine chefs changing the world.
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
When University of Chicago undergrad Julia Jassey isn’t spending her time in the library, she’s a fellow at Unpacked and the host of the Nice Jewish Girls podcast. Since accidentally starting her career a professional Jew, Julia has become a de facto expert on college antisemitism, an advocate for feminism in Jewish spaces, and a connoisseur of klezmer music.
Michal Cohen is a senior at American University studying Public Relations and Strategic Communications with a double minor in Israel Studies and Political Science. She is the Chief Marketing Officer of Jewish on Campus. Born in the United States to two Israeli parents, and having grown up in Israel, Michal brings her experience as an Israeli-American to her work at Jewish on Campus to bring a unique perspective on Israel and Zionism.
Miriam Kresh is an American/Israeli freelance food writer and blogger. Having lived in the U.S., Venezuela, and Brazil and residing in Israel, she has eaten and cooked her way through myriad ethnic kitchens and is always ready to learn more. Writing and photographing her blog, Israeli Kitchen, satisfies her love of sharing her food expertise and gives her an excuse to try new recipes all the time.
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
Starre Vartan is a science, travel, and environment writer, editor, and author who had a free-range childhood in New York's Hudson Valley and the beach 'burbs of Sydney, Australia. She feels most at home outdoors, and has lived off-grid on Hawaii’s Big Island; mountain biked in Trinidad; hiked the Continental Divide, and rappelled down an Aussie waterfall. A budding designer, Starre creates textiles printed with her nature photographs; her writing has been published in Pacific Standard, New York, Audubon, Scientific American, Metropolis, Inhabitat and MNN.
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.
Zach Pontz is a writer and photographer. Among the many publications he has contributed unique lifestyle and culture content to are Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vice, The Economist, and CNN.