About The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel is a Jerusalem-based online newspaper founded in 2012 to document developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world.

It was established by veteran UK-born, Israeli journalist David Horovitz and his US-based capital partner Seth Klarman. Horovitz is the founding editor, responsible for the site’s editorial content.

The Times of Israel has no partisan political affiliation. It seeks to present the news fair-mindedly and offers a wide range of analysis and opinion pieces.

We also highlight developments from Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora, and thus serve as a global focal point for the Jewish world – informing and engaging members of the tribe everywhere.

We aim for the site to serve as a platform for constructive debate regarding the challenges facing Israel, the region and the Jewish people. Rather than enabling anonymous postings, therefore, we encourage our readers to respond to our material in their own names via Facebook.

The core staff and contributors of The Times of Israel include many of Israel’s leading English-language journalists. We are also happy to consider freelance contributions, to receive news and video content, and to host your blogs. To submit content, see our Contact Us page.

The Times of Israel Staff

Raphael Ahern Before joining The Times of Israel as diplomatic correspondent, Raphael Ahren served as Jerusalem correspondent for Haaretz English Edition. Born and raised in Germany, Ahren holds an M.A. in modern Jewish history from Yeshiva University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Linda Amar Linda Amar is the Assistant to the Editor and Office Manager at The Times of Israel. Having made aliya from the US in the early 1980s, she had previously worked as assistant to the editor-in-chief under six consecutive editors — most recently David Horovitz — at The Jerusalem Post.
Pnina Baumgarten Pnina Baumgarten, chief copy editor, is a native New Yorker who has lived nearly half her life in Jerusalem. She’s written, edited and licensed content for hi-tech companies, mainly at, and did a stint at The Jerusalem Post.
rbdcolorpic Before joining the Times of Israel as a news editor and videographer, Ricky Ben-David worked with several foreign media networks as a producer. She is the former op-ed editor of the Jerusalem Post. A Montreal native, she speaks English, French and Hebrew and holds an M.A. from King’s College London.
abdddddd Jewish World editor Amanda Borschel-Dan grew up both near Vancouver (where she learned how to say “out” properly) and Indianapolis. With a Jewish Studies degree from Indiana University, from 2001 until 2011 Borschel-Dan worked at The Jerusalem Post, for the last eight years as the editor of the Friday Magazine.
The Times of Israel staff Cleveland-native Joshua Davidovich, deputy editor of The Times of Israel, has been a reporter and editor for over a decade, covering Israel, the US and the Jewish world. He is also a producer of The Times of Israel podcast.
Miriam Herschlag Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag was a reporter and anchor for Israel’s English radio and TV news. She spent two years in Hong Kong, where she was founding editor of a business Webzine, and she later ran the training and documentation departments at Given Imaging Inc.
David Horovitz David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel. He was previously editor of The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report. He is the author of “A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel” (2000) and “Still Life with Bombers: Israel in the Age of Terrorism” (2004).
Elie Leshem, deputy editor of The Times of Israel, is a former Arts and Entertainment editor at The Jerusalem Post. He has translated from Hebrew into English several books along with sections of the new edition of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s commentary on the Talmud.
_MG_7995 Jingjing Li, editor of The Times of Israel Chinese Edition, was a former editor and reporter for China Economic Net in Beijing. She moved to Israel for love and shakshuka in the summer of 2013 and currently lives happily in Tel Aviv. When not writing, Jingjing can be found searching Israel for good Chinese food.
Melanie Lidman, is the environment and religion writer at the Times of Israel. She also works for Global Sisters Report, an international news website about Catholic nuns, covering the Middle East and Africa. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she now lives in Tel Aviv with two chickens, a cat, and an assortment of bicycles.
The Times of Israel staff Marissa Newman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel. She holds an MA in Journalism and Communications from Hebrew University, and lives in Jerusalem.
The Times of Israel staff David Shamah edits our “Start-Up Israel” innovation section. He has specialized for more than a decade in writing about technology and computers, with a special emphasis on Israeli startups, hi-tech, biotechnology and environmental solutions. His work has appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Israel21c, and numerous other newspapers and websites in Israel and abroad.
The Times of Israel staff Jessica Steinberg, our Culture and Lifestyle editor, has been living, working and writing in Jerusalem for the last 16 years. After covering Israel’s business and economic scene for Bloomberg News, Dow Jones Newswires, The Jerusalem Post and The Forward, Jessica has been writing about Israeli life, fashion, culture and parenting for The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Women’s Wear Daily, Tablet Magazine, JTA, Hadassah and
Sarah Tuttle-Singer Sarah Tuttle-Singer, The Times of Israel social media editor, is an LA expat (reluctantly) growing roots in Israel. She’s also a contributing editor at Dangerous when bored.
The Times of Israel staff Stuart Winer is a Breaking News Editor, part of the team that keeps the Times of Israel site up to date with the latest news, as it happens. Stuart has over a decade of experience reporting from Israel and the capital Jerusalem.
Raoul Wootliff Raoul Wootliff is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel. Since immigrating to Israel from the UK, Raoul has worked in Israel’s political scene, first as a spokesman and then as a reporter. Formerly a correspondent for local radio, Raoul is also the host and producer of The Times of Israel podcast.

The Times of Israel Editorial Board

Our editorial board is a small group of exceptional individuals who offered support for The Times of Israel during its planning stages, and from whom we will seek input as we progress.

It comprises Sharon Ashley (former editor of The Jerusalem Report and former director of Israel Engagement at Hillel), Irwin Cotler (human rights activist and former Canadian justice minister), Efraim Halevy (former director of the Mossad, ambassador and national security adviser), Saul Singer (journalist and author of “Start-Up Nation”), and Ehud Yaari (Arab affairs commentator for Channel 2 news, journalist and author).

Yehuda Avner (former ambassador and adviser to a succession of Israeli prime ministers) was a treasured member of our editorial board until his death in March 2015.

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