Stuart Schoffman was a young Hollywood screenwriter when he first participated in the Conference on World Affairs in 1983. He has lived in Jerusalem since 1988 and writes and lectures widely on politics, religion, history, and culture. He served for 17 years as an associate editor and columnist at the Jerusalem Report. He is currently a senior research fellow in Jewish studies at the Shalom Hartman Institute and editor of its English-language journal. He also works as a translator of Hebrew literature, most recently Friendly Fire, by the Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua, to be published in the fall of 2008.
Schoffman worked as a reporter for Fortune magazine, a staff writer at Time, and an editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He has taught a variety of subjects at the Claremont Colleges, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern California film school, Tel Aviv University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In the mid-1990s, Schoffman was a consultant to the joint Israeli-Palestinian production of Sesame Street. For the past two years, in Bosnia and Turkey, he has served on the faculty of the International Summer School on Religion and Public Life. He is also the writer of Eyes Wide Open, a new documentary film exploring the emotional relationship between American Jews and Israel.
A native New Yorker, Schoffman is a graduate of Harvard and Yale.