Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award
Benyamin Cohen is Editorial Director of From the Grapevine. He has written for the Washington Post, the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, Yahoo News and Slate. Cohen is also the author of “My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith” (HarperCollins), named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and for which he received the Georgia Author of the Year award. Cohen previously served as the Content Director for the Mother Nature Network, and was the founding editor of both Jewsweek and American Jewish Life magazine. He is based in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he lives with his wife, two dogs and a flock of chickens known as the Co-Hens.
"My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith" (HarperOne, 2008)
For his memoir, Benyamin spent 52 Sundays going to 52 different churches of varying denominations: Baptist, Pentecostal, Episcopalian and many more. He danced at a megachurch, attended America's largest Easter service, hung out with Christian wrestlers and kosher gospel singers, went knocking door to door with Mormon missionaries and eventually ended up at a confession booth in a Catholic church.
The book was featured on Good Morning America, CNN, NPR and USA Today. Cohen received the Georgia Author of the Year Award for this book and Publishers Weekly named it one of the best books of the year.
Einstein's digital avatar
Social Media Manager for the World's Favorite Genius
In conjunction with the Albert Einstein Archives, Benyamin helps run the official social media channels for the world's favorite genius on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On Facebook alone, Einstein has 20 million fans – more than Tom Hanks and Oprah, combined.
In this role, Benyamin serves as one of the caretakers of Einstein's legacy – traveling across continents to meet people who are inspired by the man Time Magazine called the Person of the Century.
"Our Friend from Israel"
An interview show featuring intriguing Israelis from across industries: artists, athletes, academics, actors and even an alien hunter.
"Hadassah on Call: New Frontiers in Medicine"
An interview show featuring medical experts from Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, discussing the latest advancements in each of their fields.
From The Grapevine
Since 2014, Benyamin has served as the founding editor of FromTheGrapevine.com, a website that showcases a unique side of Israel. Featuring stories that cover topics as vast as science, health, arts and technology, the site garners about 20 million unique visitors each year.
In this role, Benyamin assigns, edits and often writes articles. He has interviewed celebrities and tech titans, and even a guy who created a dating app for dogs.