photo by lauren kostiuk

photo by lauren kostiuk

I’m Abby Seitz, and I am a writer primarily interested in Jewish identity and Israel/Palestine.

My career as a freelancer began when I was 12. I approached the sports editor of The Fauquier Times and begged for a chance to write. He agreed and gave me my first assignment: a preview of the upcoming middle school basketball season. I expanded my coverage to high school games, long-form athlete profiles, and watermelon eating contests, writing for my hometown paper until 2013.

Since then, I have freelanced for a variety of publications, including Alma, Times of Israel, Washington Jewish Week, and MyJewishLearning.

In addition to freelancing, I have also worked as a staff editor and writer. I was most recently the Israel Affairs Writer at JUF News, the Jewish United Fund’s monthly magazine and Chicago’s Jewish news source.

I left this position in August 2018 and moved to Jerusalem to study Talmud and halacha full-time as a Lishma Fellow at the Conservative Yeshiva. I was also a participant in the Spring 2019 cohort of Achvat Amim - Solidarity of Nations in Jerusalem.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2017 with a BA in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Public Relations. While at Columbia, I worked as the Opinions Editor of the award-winning Columbia Chronicle and traveled to 11 countries on four continents through Semester at Sea.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, learning halachot, solo-traveling, and trying to veganize a variety of cheeses.