Who We Are


Judy Leserman

Judy Leserman is a senior majoring in Speech-Language Pathology/ Audiology and minoring in English. She very much enjoys words and funny noises, which kind of explains her course of study and also means she’s super excited to edit your poetry! In her free time, Judy enjoys walking up down escalators, playing cello sonatas on viola, and plotting to sneak onto Belmont Island… it’s kind of hard to get to and her presence might disrupt some small migrating bird colonies, but she has a good feeling about the possibility of incorporating drones. Anyone who can grant her access to the island will have their poems published, no questions asked.

Avi Hirsch

Avi Hirsch grew up Teaneck, NJ, where he attended Torah Academy of Bergen County. After graduating in 2014, he spent two years learning in Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush). Avi is now in his second year studying Computer Science in Yeshiva College.

Creative Non-Fiction:

Estee Lichtenstein

Estee Lichtenstein is the editor of the Creative non fiction section. She is a senior at SCW studying English literature. Although she has no clue what she wants to do with her life, she will tell you she is perusing the intersection of psychology and technology, just so she looks like she has her life together. Estee currently lives in a dorm with her 3 roommates who she wishes were all dogs.

Matthew Haller

Hey, I’m Matthew Haller, and I’m going to be co-editing the nonfiction section this year. Since I’m a boring Chemistry major, I’m excited to read some writing done by people with actually interesting lives. I was really impressed with the output in the Journal last year, and there was one nonfiction piece in particular that blew me away- I couldn’t help but want to be a part of it this time around.

Fine Art:

Ari Hoffman

Ari Hoffman is a second year student at YU, and is pursuing a degree in Biology. His artwork was published in the Yeshiva University Journal of Fine Arts last year, and has had several other drawings published and on exhibit in galleries in Houston. Ari enjoys pencil drawing, typically western art or wildlife scenes, and is also an amateur woodcarver.


Sarah Casteel

Sarah is a senior at Stern double majoring in political science and English.
She plans to go to law school and then hopefully live somewhere with grass.  Hailing from St. Louis, Sarah has gotten used to the big city but also likes to hang out in the many libraries around town.  She works in the writing center and walks dogs, and she loves that these jobs don’t make her feel like she’s working.  Sarah will be co-editing the fiction section of the Journal, and can’t wait to read your pieces!
Gideon TurkGideon Bio Pi
Gideon is a senior at Yeshiva College studying biology and English. He’s originally from Toronto, Ontario, though he pronounces it Chorona. In his free time, he likes to write about the Toronto Blue Jays, which he has been doing since he was 13 years old. He is currently an editor at Baseball Prospectus Toronto, though he has previously worked with ESPN’s Sweetspot Network, where his pieces appeared in national newspapers and in an anthology of “The Greatest Toronto Blue Jays Stories Ever Told”.
Aryeh Korman
Hey all! My name is Aryeh Korman and I’m going to be one of this year’s photography co-editors for the Journal of Fine Arts. I’m currently a senior studying biology with the aspirations of going to medical school (fingers crossed!). I got into photography a couple years back and jump at the opportunity to wander around with my camera. My favorite part of it all is how your perspective changes when you think about whatever you are looking at in terms of how to capture it in a photograph. I hope you guys share in my appreciation for photography and I can’t wait to see all of your submissions!