Contributors

Born in London, UK, lived in suburban Washington DC area for 30 years, moved to Israel in 1996. He has a web site: Jack’s Blog

Steve Kramer is a freelance writer based in Alfe Menashe, Israel. His works may also be read on the website, www.encounteringisrael.com

So pleased to have Rav. Diamond share his thoughts at Israel Seen. Rabbi Lee Diamond, is based in Israel and began his unique rabbinate as an Israel Educator for the Diaspora. Rabbi Diamond has served as director of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, and Associate Director of the Israel office of the UJR and NFTY Israel programs. He has dedicated his life to sharing the Israel he loves and creating an educational experiences for everyone visiting Israel. Rabbi Diamond’s philosophy: Israel is the stage on which I want to act out the drama of the Jewish people, its creative survival, and to affect people’s lives. When we see each other our discussion always seems to find its way to the ever changing political situation in Israel. In the end of course we come around to what is dear to the hearts of both of us: the importance of emphasizing Jewish values and ethics in our society.

Howard Epstein is an author, columnist, political commentator and commercial lawyer. He is well-read, knowledgeable, articulate, voluble and strongly-opinionated about Jewish and Israeli history and current affairs - and a staunch Zionist. He achieved aliyah in September 2005. His first book: Guns, Traumas and Redemption: America in the Twenty-First Century was recently published.

Paula is the CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing and training company in Israel. She is a popular blogger and journalist. In addition to here on IsraelSeen, you can also read Paula's articles on A Soldier's Mother (www.israelisoldiersmother.blogspot.com) and PaulaSays (www.paulasays.com).

Sheri Oz Sheri Oz is a retired psychotherapist and family therapist from Haifa, Israel. Sheri also has a web site Israel Diaries. http://www.israeldiaries.com/

He is a devoted amateur photographer who possesses the uncanny ability of finding the odd moments and hidden gems around Tel Aviv. While some of his photos will be from outside of the city many are taken during his endless adventures throughout Tel Aviv. Assaf is also a student of Spinoza and has much to say about him. We look forward to sharing his insights with everyone.

Born in Israel, grew up in Montreal, Canada, studied in the States, worked in Toronto, Canada, and made Aliyah in 2009. Sara Jacobovici is a 30 year veteran in the health and mental health fields as a Creative Arts Psychotherapist. She lives and works in Ra’anana, Israel. Sara specializes in the use of the creative arts in assisting you to verbalize what is beyond words and to re-view the script you presently use in a new light. Sara reconnects individuals with their first language, creativity. http://www.arts-psychotherapy.com/

Who am i? Difficult to tell in short but i will try: My name is Sabine, My passion animals, Israel with heart and soul, a Zionist from heart, impatient, jumpy, active, passionate and flexible, fast, sometimes without tact but with a good heart

I have had the distinct honor and privilege of growing up all over the world in cities as diverse and wonderful as Houston, Atlanta, New York and Pretoria, South Africa. After wandering the globe for 38 years, I am now ready to settle down in the one place I call home - Israel. Writing and words are my love and my passion. I am a journalist by trade and by calling, with an MA in mass communication from the University of Georgia in Atlanta. I am a firm believer that words and ideas could change the world, to borrow a quote from the wonderful Robin Williams. When I am not at work, managing correspondence from overseas clients at an accounting firm, I am an impassioned Yesh Atid activist , an exercise enthusiast who loves running and swimming, and now I guess I can say officially a blogger!

Paul Rose has a web site called www.jewishtravelbuddies.com

Lisa Fliegel is an American/Israeli writer who came of age on Kibbutz Ketura. She is an International Trauma Specialist, who served as a journalist covering the Middle East Peace Process. Lisa's award-winning non-fiction has appeared in The Times of London, The Jerusalem Post Magazine, Response, Midstream, ARC, and The Tel-Aviv Review, among other journals. Her academic publications include New Directions in Youth Development, and The American Journal of Art Therapy. Lisa has her bachelor’s degree in Hebrew Literature from the Tel-Aviv Teacher's Seminary; and her writing is richly informed by a bi-lingual, multi-cultural perspective.Lisa founded and directed the award-winning Arts Incentives Program (AIP) in Boston. AIP was recognized by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), for its success in reducing disparities in minority contact in the Juvenile Justice System. In April 2015, Ms. Fliegel published a chapter on her program model, titled "Good Looking Out," in the book: "Latanya: Gangs, Girls and Guns, Workbook & Leader's Guide" (The Latanya Series).Ms Fliegel's current book "The Clinical Adventures of a Bullet Proof Therapist," fuses the universal imperative of narrative journalism with the intimacy and singularity of a memoir. These narratives of healing are drawn from three disparate places where she has worked, that have faced seemingly intractable pain and conflict: inner-city Boston, Israel/Palestine, and Northern Ireland. Creating healing relationships at the intersections of these conflict zones, in a quest to learn from examples of positive change; frames this story with a distilled wisdom that can dramatically reshape how we interpret violence and achieve resolution..

Moshe Beauford is a public relations professional who resides in the north of Israel, violinist, freelance writer, tech lover, foodie / aspiring cook who has little-to-no-time to actually cook, world traveler and craft beer snob. Check out his writing if you want to explore the many things Israel has to offer the world, you might just be surprised!

Sari Friedman, MFA is a Pushcart-nominated novelist from America. Her first novel is repped by Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Agency in Jerusalem. The novel tells the story of a contemporary woman who starts remembering her past-life 4,000 years ago in the Land of Canaan. Sari Friedman has been in love with Israel all her life, and has lived here since August, 2015. She posts about her experience as an Olah Chadusha, as a writer, and more on her site. http://www.sarifriedman.net/

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