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About Debra

Debra Nussbaum Cohen is a journalist and essayist who frequently writes about emerging ideas in the realms of religion, philanthropy and politics. Debra is also experienced as a content developer and editor, and as a ghostwriter for CEOs and CMOs.


She has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, New York magazine, the Village Voice and innumerable Jewish periodicals.


Debra has worked as the New York correspondent for Haaretz, Israel's leading daily newspaper. For Haaretz and for The Forward and Hadassah magazine, where she is a contributing editor, as well as the many other Jewish periodicals for which she has written, Debra has published articles about Israel's relationship with the U.S., the evangelical Christian community, trends in American Jewish life and everything else from politics to culture, with a special interest in religious trends and issues of particular concern to women and POC.


Her work has been recognized with multiple journalism awards from The New York Press Association and the American Jewish Press Association. She was awarded a Lilly Endowment Fellowship to write about women in ministry, a series that was distributed by The New York Times syndicate and carried in major metropolitan dailies from the Washington Post to the Houston Chronicle and the L.A. Times.


She also authored the book “Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter: Creating Jewish Ways to Welcome Baby Girls into the Covenant” (Jewish Lights) and has contributed chapters and essays to many others.


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