Alana Newhouse

Alana Newhouse (born 1976) is an American writer and editor. She is the founder of Tablet magazine.

Alana Newhouse in 2020

Early life and educationEdit

Newhouse was born in 1976 and grew up in Lawrence, New York.[1][2] She is a graduate of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, a 1997 graduate of Barnard College,[3] and a 2002 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


After college, Newhouse worked for political consultant David Garth.[4] Her journalism career began at The Forward, where she was a religion reporter before being named Arts and Culture editor in 2003.[5] In 2008 she became editor of Nextbook.[5][6] She established Tablet Magazine for Nextbook in 2009.[7][8]

Newhouse is a contributor to other media outlets, most notably The New York Times. In April 2010, she reported on a new discovery related to the photography of Roman Vishniac[9] for The New York Times Magazine and, in July 2010, penned a controversial essay on Jewish conversion in Israel for the op-ed page titled "The Diaspora Need Not Apply".[10]


Newhouse lives in New York City with her husband, David Samuels and their three children.


  • A living lens: photographs of Jewish life from the pages of the Forward, 2007


  1. ^ Gal Beckerman (March 2, 2006). "The personal allure of religion". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 31 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ The Jewish Star: "A new read on Jewish life: Alana Newhouse and Tablet Magazine" September 9, 2009
  3. ^ Alana Newhouse (June 8, 2006). "Modern Orthodoxy's Marriage Crisis". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  4. ^ Sam Roberts (July 25, 1989). "A Strategist Sees if His Hand Is Still Hot". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  5. ^ a b Nell Gluckman (July 31, 2008). "Alana Newhouse To Lead". The New York Sun. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  6. ^ Andrew Silow-Carroll (August 27, 2008). "I could write a book..." The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  7. ^ David Carr (June 9, 2009). "A New Online Magazine About Jewish News and Culture". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  8. ^ B. Solomont (June 10, 2005). "Tablet Magazine' launches in attempt to set Jewish life to multimedia". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 17 September 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  9. ^ Alana Newhouse (April 1, 2010). "A Closer Reading of Roman Vishniac". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  10. ^ Alana Newhouse (July 15, 2010). "The Diaspora Need Not Apply". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2011.