About Ruth Ebenstein
RUTH EBENSTEIN is an American-Israeli writer, historian and health activist who loves to laugh. She has published her writing on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 2004, Ruth won a first-place Simon Rockower award, sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association, for a Bnai Brith Magazine cover story on President of the Israeli Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak.
In 2013, she won the same award for an essay that ran in Tablet about her Israeli-Palestinian breast cancer support group's trip to Sarajevo to meet other survivors who support each other across religious and ethnic lines. Through the group, Ruth befriended Ibtisam Erekat, a Muslim Palestinian woman whom she now calls sister.
Ruth graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and completed an M.A. in German history magna cum laude from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has also written a children’s book entitled “All of this Country is Called Jerusalem”. A native of Southfield, Michigan, Ruth lives with her husband, three sons, and two stepdaughters in Jerusalem, Israel.