Judah Ari Gross was born in Philadelphia in the late 1980s.  The youngest, and only son, of an acupuncturist/chiropractor and an Israel trip coordinator, Gross grew up with his back in alignment and his summers in Israel.  After an average, member-of-the-Tribe childhood, consisting of Jewish elementary school, Jewish summer camp, Jewish youth group, and public high school, Gross spent the year in Israel.

There he decided that maybe he should not study biology, his first major, international studies, his second, linguistics, English, or philosophy, numbers three, four and five, and instead study journalism.

Gross began writing for The Mitzpeh, the University of Maryland’s independent Jewish newspaper, in fall 2008.  Since his first reporting class was not until the spring of 2009, his early articles were hardly what could be called “newsworthy.”  With time, however, he developed his technique.

In August 2009 he became the opinion editor of The Mitzpeh and in January 2010 began interning for The Prince George’s Sentinel, a community newspaper.  In May 2010 Gross became the editor in chief of The Mitzpeh.  The world waits with bated breath to see what will become of this magnificent young man.

Judah Ari Gross wrote this, by the way.