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Ari Bloomekatz (he/him) is an editor, writer, and movement publisher.
An experienced producer of meaningful, beautiful, and compelling magazines and books, Ari is currently the managing editor of Rethinking Schools, an award-winning quarterly magazine that features a wide range of antiracist and social justice-oriented pieces of curriculum and articles analyzing policies that help or hinder public education. Prior to joining Rethinking Schools, Ari was the managing editor of Tikkun, a quarterly progressive magazine that explored ways to change our consciousness and relationships to issues of faith, climate, work, and social change. While at the magazine, Ari helped increase subscriptions by 20 percent.
Ari’s passion is also producing, publishing, and sharing books that tell stories that help fuel movement work and organizing. At Rethinking Schools, Ari was the production editor for the book Teaching for Black Lives, which has become a bestseller for the organization. He is now working with a team of science educators on a book about how we can teach science for social justice. He also recently became chair of the publications committee.
Ari is also Books Editor for the publication Jewish Currents and helped found Jewish Currents Press, the book publishing arm of Jewish Currents magazine. He most recently served as production editor for The Israeli Black Panthers Haggadah, a book that quickly sold through its first print run and whose proceeds are going to a movement elder. Before that book, he worked with author and poet Tom Haviv on A Flag of No Nation, which also rapidly sold through its first print run.
Ari’s career in storytelling began as a journalist. Ari was a staff writer for several years with the Los Angeles Times where he had more than 650 bylines from covering South Los Angeles, transportation, and breaking news, among other beats. During college he did summer news internships with The Tennessean, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Seattle Times, and The Boston Globe, and after voluntarily leaving the Los Angeles Times in 2014, Ari worked as an investigative reporter for the Voice of San Diego, covering county politics.
Outside of work, Ari uses his voice to be in community with people across race and faiths working for a more just and peaceful world. He is also passionate about queer issues, combating mental health stigma, and advocating for disability justice.
Ari’s a big fan of books and bikes, and considers himself a knish aficionado. He grew up in Nashville, spent a decade living in California, braved five winters in Wisconsin, and currently lives in Brooklyn on unceded Indigenous land (specifically the homeland of the Lenape peoples) with his partner and their troublemaking two-year-old black lab, Hank.
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