Allison Hoffman

Allison Hoffman is a senior editor at Tablet Magazine. Her Twitter feed is @allisont_dc.

Bibi’s Brain: Meet Ron Dermer, Israel’s new ambassador to the U.S.

Ron Dermer, a Florida-born Jew who started in politics working on the 1994 Republican Revolution, is Benjamin Netanyahu’s most influential aide.

Friday Night Lights

Ten years after Sept. 11, in a Lower Manhattan neighborhood that hasn’t had a dedicated Jewish sanctuary since before the Civil War, a new synagogue opens

Mother Russia

The new Lifetime reality show Russian Dolls portrays the Russian-American Jews of Brighton Beach as celebrating neither America nor their Judaism but the freedom to be stereotypically Russian

Common Ground

With a looming deadline, deep-seated distrust, and competing claims to resources, Washington’s effort to reach a debt deal is a stateside version of the ongoing quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace

A Spin

Jordan’s late King Hussein and his unsuccessful efforts to make peace get a courtier’s treatment in the new memoir from Jack O’Connell, a former CIA station chief in Amman

In Hebron, This Land Is … Whose Land?

New film chronicles the settler-bullies of the West Bank city

Rabbinic Scion Clinches Same-Sex Marriage

With religious exemptions in place, N.Y. state Sen. Saland voted his conscience

Jewish Lawmaker Key to N.Y. Marriage Bill

Scion of prominent rabbinic family has been lobbied by ultra-Orthodox

Hatch Name-Checks His Tablet Song

Although he forgot our name, oh well

Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Hampton Synagogue Caters to New York’s Wealthy

As his personal life spun out of control and into the tabloids, they returned the favor by closing ranks around him

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