Nicky Blackburn

Nicky Blackburn

Editor and Israel Director

Nicky Blackburn 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.



Abigail Klein LeichmanAbigail-Klein-Leichman

Writer and Associate Editor

Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.


Viva Sarah Press

Associate Editor and Writer

Viva Sarah Press has extensive experience in print, online and broadcast media. Viva writes about technology, health, culture, travel, environment and everything in between. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out. Viva gives talks on Israeli innovation and ingenuity.


Daniel SantacruzDaniel-Santacruz

Assistant Editor ISRAEL21c Espanol

Daniel Santacruz was born in Colombia. Prior to moving to Israel in 2011, he lived in the United States for 30 years, where he worked as an editor and reporter for Spanish-language and Jewish publications in the New York/New Jersey area. Daniel has translated more than 100 books, worked as an analyst for ReVista, the Spanish-language division of CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Jewish Week, Jewish Journal, Jewish Standard, Jewish Press, and Forward, among others. He now lives in Maale Adumim and writes a blog about Ladino and Sephardic Jews.



Bil Zarchbil

Developer EDUCATORSI21c

Bil Zarch is a lifelong Jewish educator. Bil spent eleven years as Director of the High School at Prozdor Hebrew High School at Hebrew College in Boston, from there moved to the Jewish day school where he has led two day schools – Lander~Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA and Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore.  Bil has also worked in the Jewish camping and preschool worlds.  An award winning educator and regular blogger, Bil is Jewishly inspired by both innovation and tradition.



Brian Blum

Brian has been a journalist and high-tech entrepreneur for over 20 years. He combines this expertise for ISRAEL21c and Israelity as he writes about hot new local startups, pharmaceutical advances, scientific discoveries, culture, the arts and daily life in Israel. He loves hiking the country with his family (and blogging about it). Originally from California, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.