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
Scoops, features and investigations
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
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!
The wide world of Orthodoxy
Mahwah, New Jersey: A sleepy town that targeted Hasidic Jews with anti-Semitic laws. Forward, November 26, 2017