About Us

Conceived on a long Saturday afternoon while sleep escaped eyes and conversation flowed like soft breezes, the Jewish Literary Journal is a direct response to the lack of avenues for publishing pieces that are Jewish in nature. Within a short span it was determined that if the mountain wouldn’t come to Muhammed, then…or is that inappropriate here? The Jewish Literary Journal is here to help foster and publicize the unique(ly) Jewish voice espoused through creative writing (they don’t call us people of the book for nothing!), including those that may be difficult to relate with if one is unfamiliar with the religion or culture. Please enjoy and share responsibly.

Aaron Berkowitz – Co-Creator, Editor-in-Chief
Aaron is a poet by nature, a writer/editor by nurture, and has worn many different hats including “Chef,” “Gossip Journalist,” and “Educator” (he developed and implemented a writing curriculum for middle-school and high-school students, has taught in various colleges, and is currently teaching in the NYC DOE). He obtained a B.A. in English Literature from Yeshiva University, earned his M.F.A. in Writing — Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and an M.S. in T.E.S.O.L. from the City College of New York.


Ariel Stein – Co-Creator, Editor Emeritus
Ariel Stein was born five weeks early. Several years later he began writing and attending writing workshops, after which he attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he continued writing and editing in a more formal capacity. Ariel enjoys biblical and rabbinic allusions, balmy weather, the color blue, and hopes you do too.


The Jewish Book Council

Yeshiva Poetry Society