Stuart Schoffman is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and editor of Havruta: A Journal of Jewish Conversation. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of Harvard and Yale. He began his career in the 1970s as a business journalist, segued to Hollywood as screenwriter and book critic, and in 1988 landed in Israel, where he has lived ever since. A regular participant at the Conference on World Affairs since 1983, Schoffman has taught either film or American history at Claremont-McKenna College, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern California, and Tel Aviv University. From 1990 to 2007 he was a columnist for the Jerusalem Report, a biweekly newsmagazine printed on paper. He does not blog, though that too could change.
His Hollywood oeuvre included a rewrite of the superfluous 1986 remake of Invaders from Mars and a Navy SEALS movie, The Finest Hour (1991). More recently, he scripted Eyes Wide Open (2008), a documentary about American Jews visiting Israel. In the mid-1990s, Schoffman was a consultant to the joint Israeli-Palestinian production of Sesame Street. In 2006 and 2007, in Bosnia and Turkey, he served on the faculty of the International Summer School on Religion and Public Life.
Schoffman writes each month for several Jewish newspapers in the United States and also translates Hebrew literature. His translation of Friendly Fire, a novel by A.B. Yehoshua, was shortlisted for the 2009 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in the UK. Most recently, he translated David Grossmanís libretto of Itamar Meets a Rabbit, an opera for children. He is currently completing a book about Jewish history and memory.