Ari Ephraim Feldman, Journalist

about

I am a journalist who likes reporting on thorny situations and writing frank, fair stories about what I learn. I’ve written about sexual predators and sexual misconduct, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazis, the world of ultra-Orthodox Jews, the community of people who’ve left that world, and the struggles and triumphs of synagogues across the country. None of it is as simple as it first appears, and that’s why I can’t think of a better vocation than this.

I was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota. (It’s hard not to be smug.) But I’m a New Yorker now and for the foreseeable future — though mostly for the food. If Minnesota ever gets soup dumplings, ramen, tacos and pizza like this, all bets are off.

I graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, where I majored in history with a focus on the history of science. My honors thesis was an intellectual history of a fairly niche concept in climate science: the Anthropocene.

Feel free to contact me at ariephraimfeldman(at)gmail(dot)com

clips

Scoops, features and investigations

Stanley Rosenfeld spent nearly fifty years teaching Jewish children — and admitted to molesting more than one hundred. Forward, August 2018

A rabbinical association censured a rabbi for misconduct. His synagogue learned about it from his accuser. Forward, June 2018

Why do Jewish American teenagers join the IDF? Forward, May 2018

Conservative Judaism’s lay leader exits at a fraught time, and to mixed reviews. Forward, April 2018

Rabbis opposed to intermarriage mount an unprecedented challenge to their movement’s leadership in elections. Forward, March 2018

 

National 

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

 

Synagogues, coast to coast!

A local Chabad chapter wanted a synagogue’s building. So they took over the board, with the board’s help. Forward, August 2018

An unremarkable synagogue was made a landmark against its will. In order to survive, they the designation overturned. Forward, August 2018

An innovative LA congregation is building… something. (Hint: It’s not a synagogue.) Forward, June 2018

 

The wide world of Orthodoxy

Why are Orthodox Jews sending their undocumented domestic workers on risky Passover drives to Florida?  Forward, March 2018

Mahwah, New Jersey: A sleepy town that targeted Hasidic Jews with anti-Semitic laws. Forward, November 26, 2017

An ex-Orthodox woman said another ex-Orthodox man assaulted her. Then two more women said the same. Forward, September 2017