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The Tel Aviv Review of Books is an online, English-language magazine dealing with all aspects of the Israeli world of letters.

The TARB seeks to become the preeminent venue for intellectual discussions about Israeli politics, society, art and culture, covering the broadest possible spectrum of perspectives and opinions in Israel and about Israel for an international audience.

The journal includes reviews, interviews, and long-form essays dealing with the major issues of the day from perspectives across the Israeli political, religious, and social spectrum. It also features work by international commentators on Israel. To this end it publishes both articles in English and English translations of contributions in Hebrew, Arabic, and other relevant languages such as Russian, French, Spanish etc.

The TARB has an editorial board of fourteen senior scholars, intellectuals, and writers who act in an advisory capacity to the editors, ensuring that the journal maintains its polyphony.

Rather than promote a particular vision of or for Israel, the TARB seeks primarily to foster debate, acknowledging the often irreconcilable perspectives that exist in and about Israel.

To this end:

  • TARB is an independent journal, not affiliated to any particular institution.
  • TARB is transparent about its funding.
  • TARB is committed to free speech, thus providing a platform for all views, including controversial ones.
  • TARB is committed to inclusivity, providing translation services for authors who cannot write in English.

Who we are

Akin Ajayi


Akin Ajayi contributes a keen curiosity and diverse range of interests shaped, in part, through having lived for extended periods on three continents. Born in England and educated there and in Nigeria, he emigrated to Israel in 2007. At various times a lawyer and a social worker, Akin is an editor and writer, and has contributed to publications including Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, the Times Literary Supplement and The Forward. He is presently working on a book about the Nigerian social activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.

Gilad Halpern


Gilad Halpern brings his experience as journalist and broadcaster to the TARB. A long-time writer for journals in Israel and abroad, he served as Managing Editor of Ynetnews and Assignments Editor for Haaretz’s English edition. Before that, he spent a few years in Paris, where he was an editor and Middle East commentator for France24 as well as correspondent for Ynet. In 2013, he founded the Tel Aviv Review podcast, an English-language forum for long-form interviews with writers and scholars – the broadcast forerunner of the Tel Aviv Review of Books.

Dr. Olga Kirschbaum


Dr. Olga Kirschbaum offers her knowledge of the field of academia and policy analysis to the TARB. A maverick researcher, she is part historian (Ph.D. NYU) whose research and writing has spanned political and religious history from ancient world to the present, Jewish-European relations, and interreligious encounters. She is also a policy analyst on contemporary economic and social issues as well as gender in Israel and abroad. She brings her wide-ranging interests in the humanities and social sciences to the journal.

Alex Stein


Alex Stein brings his experience with international and Diaspora perspectives as well as his literary knowledge to the TARB. A licensed Israeli tour guide with an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, Alex is keenly aware of questions and debates about Israel’s past and present from the inside and out. A lover of fiction, well read in Israeli and international letters, he brings his literary knowledge and enthusiasm for Israel’s authors to the journal as well.

Samuel Thrope


Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Samuel Thrope earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught at the Hebrew University. He has written for Monocle Magazine, BBC News, Aeon, The Nation, the Daily Beast, Haaretz, Tablet, Times of Israel, Israel Story, and other publications. A proud Jerusalemite, he is a Research Fellow at The Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa. His translation of Iranian writer Jalal Al-e Ahmad's Israel travelogue The Israeli Republic was published by Restless Books in 2018.

Editorial Board

Dr. Thabet Abu Ras

Board Member

Political geographer, co-executive director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives.

Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi

Board Member

Historian and geographer, former Rector of the University of Haifa.

Prof. Ofra Bengio

Board Member

Historian of the Middle East at Tel Aviv University, translator of prose and poetry from Arabic and Turkish.

Odeh Bisharat

Board Member

Author and columnist for Haaretz and Al Ittihad newspapers

Joseph Cedar

Board Member

Film director, two-time academy award nominee.

Alex Epstein

Board Member

Novelist and poet, known for his short and micro stories.

Assaf Gavron

Board Member

Novelist, author of the critically acclaimed "The Hilltop" (2014).

Prof. Eva Illouz

Board Member

Sociologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prof. Haviva Pedaya

Board Member

Poet and scholar of Jewish history at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Dorit Rabinyan

Board Member

Novelist, author of the critically acclaimed "All the Rivers" (2017).

Rabbi Jeffrey Saks

Board Member

Series Editor of the S.Y. Agnon Library (Toby Press) and Director of Research at the Agnon House in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom

Board Member

Community and religious leader, theologian and philosopher at Ono Academic College and Bar-Ilan University.

Joshua Sobol

Board Member

Playwright, author and theater director.

Prof. Shmuel Trigano

Board Member

Sociologist and philosopher (emeritus) at the University of Paris-Nanterre.


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