Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt: Non-Fiction



In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt – journalist – about her relationship with writing.

Avital’s writing has appeared in publications such as the New York Times and Haaretz, granting Avital an important voice on contemporary Jewish life. As a lifelong writer, she has found inspiration in a variety of arenas, like reporting, Judaism, and advocacy.

  • What inspired Avital to start writing, and how did she turn it into a career?
  • What are some of the challenges of publishing in the public eye?
  • How does Avital get ideas about what to write about?
  • Why does she find it meaningful?

Tune in to hear a conversation on non-fiction writing, and to hear about her favorite non-fiction reads.

Tefillin in a Brown Paper Bag by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman

​Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is a writer living in New York City. Her work, often deep explorations of religious society, has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Vox, Vogue, and more. Avital has worked as an editor at the Forward, as well as a reporter for Haaretz. Avital does pastoral work alongside her husband Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Avital joins us to talk about her favorite nonfiction reads on religious life in a contemporary world.