I am a staff writer for the Forward, the nonprofit Jewish news outlet. I’ve covered sexual abuse and misconduct, politics at every level, the Hasidic world, anti-Semitism, identity and representation, health and education.
I live in Manhattan, and when people in the city ask me where I’m from, I say I’m from Minnesota—but my mom is from Queens. That tends to mollify the more diehard New Yorkers who can’t always find Minnesota on a map.
I graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, where I wrote for the wonderful and groundbreaking South Side Weekly.
Hobbies include cooking, dancing, collage and travel whenever possible — that’s me in Tel Aviv on the left, and the top photograph is one I took in Patagonia.
Got tips? Contact me at ariephraimfeldman(at)gmail(dot)com, or via the encrypted messaging app Signal, at 862 239 4949.
The pandemic and the protests
Awards and recognition
Stanley Rosenfeld spent nearly fifty years teaching Jewish children – and admitted to molesting hundreds. Winner of the New York Press Club’s 2019 Nellie Bly Cub Reporter award. Forward, August 2018
Someone left a Torah scroll from a lost Jewish community in Europe at a Goodwill in southern Virginia. How did it get there? Winner of the American Jewish Press Associations 2020 Boris Smolar Award for Investigative Reporting. Forward, November 2019
Jersey City’s Hasidic community was modest, tight-knit and growing. Then two assailants attacked its grocery store, killing five people. Finalist, 2020 Deadline Club award for breaking news. Forward, December 2019.
Why do Jewish American teenagers join the IDF? Forward, May 2018
What it’s like to be a rabbi in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018. Forward, February 2018
Confederate monuments are being torn down — so why are there no monuments to the Jewish Confederate? Forward – August 20, 2017
23andMe’s latest theory about Jews? That they’re descended from Khazars. Wait, who? Forward, August 29, 2017
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