About Debra

Debra Nussbaum Cohen is a journalist and essayist who frequently writes about emerging ideas in the realms of religion, philanthropy and politics.


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 is the New York correspondent for Haaretz, Israel's leading daily newspaper, where she covers Israel's relationship with the U.S., trends in American Jewish life and everything from politics to culture.


Debra is a contributing editor at The Forward. 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.