Nicky Blackburn

Nicky Blackburn is the Editor and Executive Director Israel of ISRAEL21c. She was born in the UK and immigrated to Israel in 1993. She has worked extensively as a journalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor, and The Times of London. She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine, and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.

She has also worked in various positions in the Israeli high-tech industry. She lives in a small village near Kfar Sava and is the mother of three wild and untamed boys.

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David Brinn

David, otherwise known as The Reluctant Zionist, has been living in Israel for the last 23 years. David grew up in Maine, and when not patronizing The Rat in Boston’s Kenmore Square, attended Boston University and received a degree in communications. A veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, he was the founding editorial director of ISRAEL21c. An essay of his, “Rays of Light from the Man in Black”, was published in the book, Ring of Fire, The Johnny Cash Reader (Da Capo, 2002).

When not posting for Israelity, David spends his time at The Jerusalem Post, the leading daily English language newspaper in Israel, where he minds the store. David lives in West Bank-lite city of Ma’aleh Adumim with his wife and four children.

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Karin Kloosterman

Karin Kloosterman spent years working as a freelance writer before joining the ISRAEL21c team, as an associate editor. Today she writes for a dizzying number of blogs, including The Huffington Post, the most popular blog in the world, as well as TreeHugger, the most read enviro blog in the universe. For balance, she has built her own Middle East environment news blog, Green Prophet, and desperately hopes to make a little green peace along the way.

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Rachel Neiman

Rachel Neiman is Associate Editor and Director of Media Relations, working out of ISRAEL21c’s head office in Jerusalem.

A veteran media professional who has lived in Israel since 1984, Rachel served as managing editor of Globes Online, the English-language edition of Israel’s leading business daily, and before that, at The Jerusalem Post, as a business reporter, feature writer, and consumer columnist. Rachel began writing about Israeli technology companies at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine and is a professional Hebrew to English translator.

In her spare time, she is an active member of the Havurat Tel Aviv congregation, and the Holyland Hash House Harriers, a running and drinking disorganization.

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Harry Rubenstein

Much like Israeli Nobel Prize winner S.Y. Agnon, Harry was born in Exile, but regards himself as one a native Jerusalemite. Harry is currently the co-proprietor of Action Packed Media, a creative workshop specializing in content and the development of innovative Internet initiatives. Early on, Harry worked as a content developer for a myriad of high-tech companies in Israel during the dotcom boom. Although none of these start ups exist today, Harry assumes no responsibility for their failures. Recently, Harry co-founded Jerusalemite: The Jerusalem Culture Guide, a website dedicated to promoting cultural initiatives and positive news coming out of Jerusalem. He has participated in the ROI120 young leadership conference for the past few years, engaging and networking with other socially-involved and motivated entrepreneurs about Jewish and Israeli-driven projects. He also loves everything viral, meme, tweeted or posted. Harry remains an unapologetic Zionist 2.0 and eats Jerusalem Mixed Grill at every opportunity possible.

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