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.
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.
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.
Pearl Lerner Kane
Pearl Lerner Kane, the president of PLK Consulting Group LLC (formed in 1994), has over 35 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. PLK Consulting Group has worked with over 200 organizations – many of them in Jewish communities around North America and in Israel.
PLK leads organizations to carry out their critical missions by assisting them to create effective strategies and programs, gain visibility and build financial resources. With formal training in group work, program development, community organization and marketing for nonprofit organizations, the mission of PLK Consulting is to create vibrant, responsible, visionary institutions and communities.
A graduate with honors of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Psychology and Theater, Pearl also holds an M.S.W. degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Pearl is proud of the long-term working partnership she has had with ISRAEL21c to advance its mission and guide its work.
Nathan Miller is a communications strategist, who has worked with executives at the highest levels of business, government, and the non-profit world, helping them to navigate complex issues spanning from Middle Eastern diplomacy to alternative energy policy to international real estate. From 2010-2013, he was the Director of Speechwriting for Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and previously served as the policy director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and as a Goldman fellow at the Transatlantic Institute, a think tank in Brussels, Belgium. Nathan has been recognized by Israeli newspaper Maariv as one of “ten young Jews who will change the world” — and by OC Metro as one of Southern California’s 40 most inspiring entrepreneurs under 40.
Ari Feinstein joined the ISRAEL21c team in August 2017 as the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator of the Digital Ambassador program. Now living in Chicago, Ari spent the previous 13 years living in Israel and California, and is excited to make his new home in the Midwest, where he grew up. A lifelong connection to Israel has guided Ari through a variety of experiential education opportunities, including volunteering in Rishon LeTzion for a year on Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, working as a tour guide for North American high school summer trips through Europe and Israel, and earning a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College. Ari also holds an education portfolio with The iCenter for Israel Education, the national hub for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel Education.
Brian has been a journalist and high-tech entrepreneur for over 20 years. He combines this expertise for ISRAEL21c 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.
Haim Silberstein was raised in Sydney Australia, Paris France, and Israel. After serving seven years in the IDF, as a Captain and Naval Ship Commander, Haim went on to pursue his dream as Writer/Producer/Director. He first honed his craft studying photography at The Bezalel Academy, graduate from the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, and then moved to Los Angeles, where he received his MFA from the highly coveted American Film Institute. Since his return to Israel he has become an acclaimed director/producer in both Commercials, and Digital Media, creating campaigns for The Ministry of Tourism, Ayalim, Created in Israel, Fashion TV, as well as building out two Children’s media content companies which focus on Food Lifestyle for young kids. He live in Tel Aviv with his wife and two children.
Rachel Neiman is an experienced media professional whose journalism credits include ISRAEL21c, Globes Online, The Jerusalem Post and LINK magazine. She has served as marketing communications director at several Israeli innovation-based startups. Rachel attributes her vast knowledge of Israeli nostalgia to her Palmach-generation folk-singer mother and Jewish historian father, as well as her own lifelong obsession with all things pop culture.