Staff Bios


Gal Beckerman, opinion editor, joined the Forward in August 2009 as a staff writer, and was promoted to opinion editor in April 2011. He was previously an assistant editor at the Columbia Journalism Review where he wrote essays and media criticism. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Bookforum. Beckerman was also the New York bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post during the Lebanon War of 2006. He spent 2008 living in Berlin on an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. His history of the movement to free Jews from the Soviet Union during the Cold War, "When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry," was published in the fall of 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone" was named the 2010 Jewish Book of the Year, receiving a National Jewish Book Award from the by Jewish Book Council. In 2012, he won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Contact Gal Beckerman at beckerman@forward.com, or follow him on Twitter at @galbeckerman


Paul Berger joined The Forward as a staff writer in 2011. For the previous eight years he was a freelance journalist, including two years as the New York correspondent for London's Jewish Chronicle newspaper. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Observer and The (London) Times. He is also the co-author/contributing editor of eight books. Before arriving in America, Paul was a reporter at The Western Morning News, in Cornwall, England, where he won the Society of Editors Award. In 2012, he won the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' Deadline Club Award. Contact Paul Berger at berger@forward.com, or follow him on Twitter at @pdberger


Seth Berkman is a news Fellow at the Forward. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Asbury Park Press and online for The New Yorker. He graduated in 2012 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where he was awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. Previously, Seth worked as an associate editor at Hoop Magazine, covering the NBA. He can be reached at berkman@forward.com.


Anne Cohen joined the Forward as an intern in 2012 after graduating from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration. She became a staff writer in August 2013 and edits the Forward's Shmooze blog, detailing the daily ups and downs of Jewish celebrities. Her writing has appeared in Wewomen.ca, Huffington Post Religion, and PolicyMic. Anne Cohen can be reached at cohen@forward.com or follow her on Twitter @anneesthercohen.


Maia Efrem is the research editor and assistant to the editor and has been at the Forward since 2010. Maia is responsible for the Forward's annual Salary Survey and has been the deputy editor for several special sections. Previously she served as the editor of Blognik Beat, a blog written by students who emigrated from or have ties to the Former Soviet Union. She is a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Contact Maia Efrem at efrem@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @maiaefrem


Larry Cohler-Esses is assistant managing editor with responsibility for news coverage. He joined the staff in December 2008. Previously, he served as Editor-at-Large for the Jewish Week, an investigative reporter for the New York Daily News, and as a staff writer for the Jewish Week as well as the Washington Jewish Week. Larry has written extensively on the Arab-Jewish relations both in the United States and the Middle East. He received several Laurels Awards from the Columbia Journalism Review, and two New York Press Association awards. Larry Cohler-Esses can be reached at cohleresses@forward.com.


Devra Ferst is the Forward’s Food Editor and unofficial cooking evangelist. She edits the Jew and the Carrot blog and the paper’s food pages. She also works as a member of the Forward’s digital team as the Deputy Digital Media Editor. Her writing and recipes have appeared on Grub Street and Serious Eats as well as in Sweets and Bitters. Contact Devra Ferst at ferst@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @devraferst


Dan Friedman is the managing editor of the Forward. Formerly the award-winning arts and culture editor of the Forward, he has also written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and "Da Ali G Show." Dan has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale and an MA in English Literature from Cambridge, and is currently writing a book about the rock band Tears for Fears. Contact Dan Friedman at dfriedman@forward.com, or follow him on Twitter @danfriedmanme


Ezra Glinter, staff writer, joined the Forward as the arts and culture fellow in 2011 after receiving a master's degree from the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He became a staff writer in January 2012. Previously he served as the arts and entertainment editor of the McGill Tribune and the music critic of That's Shanghai magazine. His writing has appeared in the Jerusalem Post, the National Post and the Montreal Gazette, among other publications. Ezra Glinter can be reached at glinter@forward.com, or follow him on Twitter @EzraG


Dave Goldiner is the Forward's director of digital media. Dave is a veteran journalist who has spent two decades working at newspapers in the United States and Africa. A native New Yorker, Goldiner wrote for the New York Daily News, where he covered some of the biggest stories of our time, including the attacks of September 11, along with thousands of stories of hope and heartbreak. He also studied and worked in Southern Africa and has written for publications in South Africa and Zimbabwe. He holds masters degrees in journalism and public administration from Columbia University. Dave can be reached at goldiner@forward.com, or follow him on Twitter @davegoldiner


Nathan Guttman staff writer, is the Forward's Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Ha'aretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha'aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Contact Nathan at guttman@forward.com, or follow him on Twitter @nathanguttman


Kurt Hoffman joined the Forward as art director in 1997. Previously, he worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. He did graphic production work at Rolling Stone and Us magazine, and specialized in electronic illustration for academic textbooks at Function Thru Form, a desktop publishing company. He has a BFA in Fine Arts from Cooper Union. In 2010, some of his drawings were shown at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. Kurt Hoffman also plays and composes music for various projects, currently for the group Les Chauds Lapins, whose 2011 album, "Amourettes" is available on Barbès Records. Kurt Hoffman can be reached at production@forward.com.


Nathan Jeffay is the Israel correspondent of the Forward. Previously, he worked in various capacities for the London-based Jewish Chronicle. He also provided reporting on Jewish religious affairs for the national press in the United Kingdom specializing in covering the ultra-Orthodox community and matters of Jewish law. He has a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Civilization from the University of Leeds and a master’s degree in Christian Theology from the University of Cambridge. Nathan Jeffay can be reached at jeffay@forward.com.


Adam Langer was born and raised in Chicago and is the author of the novels "Crossing California," "The Washington Story," "Ellington Boulevard" and "The Thieves of Manhattan," as well as the memoir "My Father’s Bonus March." His fiction has been translated into seven languages, and he was a finalist for the Borders Original Voices Award, The Koret Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award and the Prix de L’Inaperçu. His essays, stories and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Selected Shorts, and All Things Considered, among other publications. He holds degrees from Vassar College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was the winner of a National Arts Journalism fellowship from Columbia University. He was the senior editor of Book Magazine and is a playwright and screenwriter. Contact Adam Langer at langer@forward.com, or follow him on Twitter at @adam_langer


Josh Nathan-Kazis, staff writer, joined the Forward in a full-time capacity in March 2010. Previously, he worked as the editor of New Voices, an independent national magazine for Jewish college students, and as the news and politics editor of The Faster Times. His work has appeared in Tablet and Haaretz, among other publication. He is also the host of the Forward's Reporters' Roundtable podcast. In 2011, his reporting won him a 2011 Deadline Club Award, and two Ippy Awards. Josh Nathan-Kazis can be reached at nathankazis@forward.com.


Martyna Starosta is the digital media producer of the Forward. She is a documentary filmmaker, video journalist and media educator. Her video reports have been broadcast on public television, featured in international film festivals and have gone viral across various online platforms. Martyna worked previously as a yearlong TV/news production fellow at the daily news hour Democracy Now! She graduated from the University of the Arts in Berlin and is currently in the process of completing her MFA in Integrated Arts at Hunter College. Contact Martyna Starosta at starosta@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @MartynaStarosta


Barry S. Surman is associate publisher of the Forward, managing all business operations of the English and Yiddish-language publications and websites, including advertising sales, circulation and marketing.

Before joining the Forward in November 2010, Surman had worked as a journalist and business executive for several leading media organizations, as well as a strategy consultant and entrepreneur. He recently led a multimedia publishing venture and was vice president of classified advertising and vice president of new business and strategic development at the Daily News in New York. During an 11-year stint at The New York Times Company, he held a variety of management roles in sales and marketing, product development and management, and corporate strategy and acquisitions; he worked in – or closely with – business units in multiple media segments, including digital media, newspapers, magazines, radio and television broadcasting and production.

Earlier in his career, Surman was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and a professional journalist.

His writing and photography have appeared in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Congressional Quarterly, Technology Review and other outlets.

Surman received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. He serves on its alumni board, and has served on the board of Upwardly Global, a nonprofit organization that helps highly skilled immigrants, refugees and asylees reclaim their careers in the United States and helps American employers benefit from this hidden talent pool.

Barry S. Surman can be reached at Surman@forward.com.


Elaine Tin Nyo has worked at the Forward since 1998 as a freelance graphic production artist and as deputy art director since 2012. In addition to her freelance graphic design practice, she has worked in curatorial, administrative and technical roles at various arts institutions, most recently as the founding director of the multi-disciplinary art space, EFA Gallery in New York, NY. She is a conceptual artist who produces text, visual objects, performative experiences and immersive environments. Her artwork has been produced and present globally. In the name of art, she danced with strangers at a Harley-Davidson dealership; stood knee-high in fermenting skate in Korea; raised 10,000 worms to make soil in her apartment; and lived in a tipi on a frozen lake…and lived to tell about it. She can be reached at production@forward.com.


Rex Weiner is a Brooklyn-born, third-generation journalist who from 1992 to 1997 covered the entertainment industry as a staff reporter for Daily Variety, where his column, Lost and Found, appeared weekly. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Observer and LA Weekly, and he contributes regularly to Rolling Stone Italia. His screenwriting credits include “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” (20th Century Fox), and he was one of the first writers of the TV series “Miami Vice.” He is a founding editor of High Times magazine and a co-author of The Woodstock Census (Viking, 1979), one of the key texts analyzing the impact of the ’60s generation on American society. He is currently based in Los Angeles and in the town of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, where his fluent Spanish and capacity for tequila come in handy. He can be reached at rexweiner@forward.com.


Naomi Zeveloff is the deputy culture editor at the Forward. She joined the Forward as a news fellow upon her graduation from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's political reporting program in May 2011. She previously worked at alternative newsweeklies in Colorado Springs, Denver and Dallas and covered the 2008 Democratic National Convention for The Colorado Independent, a political news site in Denver. Her Columbia University reporting capstone on economic resurgence in Ramallah was awarded the top thesis prize for her class. Contact Naomi Zeveloff at zeveloff@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @NaomiZeveloff


Teri Zucker is the copy editor of the Forward. She joined the staff in 2004, having served in similar capacities, and written short columns and features, for Soap Opera Digest and for the newsletter division of American Lawyer Media. Her creative nonfiction works have been published on such Web sites as The Poet's Haven, Absolute Write and Outcry Magazine. A graduate of CUNY's Brooklyn College, she contributed to the school's literary magazine, Riverrun. Teri Zucker can be reached at zucker@forward.com.






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