JHE’s coordinator is Ruth Ellen Gruber, an award-winning journalist, author and researcher who has documented Jewish heritage and chronicled Jewish cultural developments and contemporary Jewish issues in Europe for more than 25 years. She is responsible for all content on the site, including the News Feed.
Ruth is the author of several books, including National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe, whose first edition came out in 1992; Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today; and Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe. Her reports, articles, photographs and essays have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Tablet Magazine, the Jewish Quarterly Review, and Jewish Cultural Studies.
Her awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship; a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; Visiting Scholar fellowships at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and the Autry National Center; and Poland’s Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit. Ruth has been named the Arnold Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, for the spring semester, 2015.