Editing and Editorial Analysis Program at David Yellin College
April Selditch developed a supplementary educational model built on children’s literature and theatre when she served as Educational Director of the Leah Sokoloff School, Fair Lawn, NJ. She graduated from Yeshiva University in New York City with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education and an A.A. in Judaic Studies. After 17 years in a variety of educational settings, April set her career aside to relocate her family to Israel. “It’s a world of adventure,” she would tell curious friends and relatives “but, with housework and homework.” Having dedicated herself to that mission for 16 years, April is now eager to advance her editing career. April volunteers with Em L’em, a support project for postpartum mothers. She dabbles in landscape and food photography. April triumphed 2020 with the obligatory sourdough starter and handcrafted loaves as well as an album of memento photos.
Daniel Nisinman is an English instructor, a budding writer, and a soon-to-be editor. Daniel earned his M.A. degree in English literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to having an extensive background in teaching English to various ages, ranging from high school and college preparatory students to adult learners, Daniel also has experience in strategic planning and journalism. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys mountain biking, traveling, and the company of good books and close friends. Despite common belief, Daniel is a born and bred Sabra. During this difficult, pandemic-ridden year, this lover of English has slipped back into his old habit of studying French.
Devorah Deri has been an English teacher to adults and children for over three decades. She holds a B.A. in French and Italian from Manchester University and an M.A. in Jewish studies and Jewish history from Jews’ College, London. Her career spans the fields of education, customer services and cytology. Recently she has edited a self-help book and an online fundraising campaign. She lives in the Judean desert with her family, their cat and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys walking in the Binyamin mountains, reading and cooking.
Eva Retzker Menes was born in Uzbekistan and made aliyah to Israel in 1995 with her family when she was 11. She studied international business at Georg Simon Ohm University for Applied Sciences in Nuremberg, Germany. After her studies. Eva worked as a financial controller and analyst for Siemens, a German company. Eva’s career was spread among different countries throughout 2009-2015: Germany for one year, Austria for two years, and Israel for three years. In 2021 (after many delays due to the COVID outbreak), she moved from Jerusalem to California, where she currently resides with her husband and their two sweet kids, a boy and a girl.
Gittie Dorel is passionate about languages and writing, and has been working as a content writer and translator for over 20 years. She has written content for websites on various topics, ranging from business and marketing to IT and law. As a translator, Gittie has worked for a leading Israeli English newspaper and as a project manager at a translation company where she managed international translation projects in multiple languages. Gittie holds a B.A. in social science from Empire State College, and an M.A. in information science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Combining her interest in technology with the power of words, Gittie worked as a technical writer for a leading ERP software company, where she wrote and translated in-program help, video tutorials, developer documentation, and more.
Ilona Kassissieh has a B.A and M.A. degree in Applied Foreign Languages with a minor in Business from the University of Grenoble 3, France. She worked as an import/export coordinator for a medical company in Jerusalem before joining the field of non-governmental organizations. Currently, she works at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs where she currently is part of the coordination and communications team. Ilona is currently completing her diploma in English Editing and Editorial Analysis at the David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem. Ilona speaks five languages and lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with her husband and three children.
Iren Gross has over 15 years experience as a Quality Assurance (QA) Manager at a biotech company. She began her career as an artist and a teacher of English in Ukraine. Upon completion of her B.Ed. she immigrated to Israel. After earning her M.A. in English linguistics from Haifa University, she entered the pharmaceutical- biotechnology industry. Driven to improve the quality processes in her work, she obtained a diploma in QA Management. Recently, she has entered the field of scientific editing to promote Israeli science in the world, turning pandemic challenges into opportunities. When she is not working, you can find her listening to classical music, enjoying opera, reading or traveling to discover the world’s beauty.
Jumana Jaouni is a communication consultant and political analyst, with an eye on intercultural communication. She holds a B.A. in English literature and international relations, and an M.A. in war and defense studies from Kings’ College, London. She started her professional career working with the World Bank mission and has since worked with several organizations as a freelancer in the field of political communication. In addition to creating media strategies and writing political analysis, she has written several articles on peacebuilding through cultural and political communication. Jumana is a passionate literature and history buff who speaks Arabic, English, Hebrew, and German. She enjoys reading, writing, knitting and gardening.
Karen Americus is a jack of all trades and a master of some. During the past 25 years, she has held a variety of positions in writing, editing, fundraising, event planning, customer relations, and human resources in both the public and private sectors. Karen grew up in New Jersey and earned her B.Sc. in industrial psychology with a minor in business from Penn State University. During the coronavirus pandemic, she was fortunate to be able to continue working in her job as development coordinator for Herzog College. She is especially proud that she did not have a nervous breakdown, nor did she murder any of her four children or her husband, all of whom joined her in “Zooming” from home for the better part of the year. Karen has lived in Israel since 2002.
Martine Cohen has been employed at Yad Vashem for over 20 years as an educator, guide, researcher, archivist and general go-to person. Her roles there have included: projects from educational programmes, antisemitism exhibitions, survivor testimonies, workshops and more. Whilst waiting for the tourists to come back to Israel after Covid-19, she is honing her editorial skills at the David Yellin College. Originally from Manchester, England, she studied History and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Raising a wonderful daughter in Jerusalem, she remains a mad Manchester United fan.
Raella Abel was born in South Africa and lived there most of her life besides for a short stint in London. She came on Aliyah in 2019 and lives in the idyllic, picturesque town of Zichron Yaakov. She has a B.A. in English and psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and a Masters in clinical social work from the University of Cape Town. For over 35 years, she has counselled individuals, couples and families and a myriad of people from all walks of life. An integral part of her job was writing reports within a psychological and legal context. Raella finds editing has some unexpected similarities to being a therapist: one draws on one’s intuition to make meaning of a text, and empathically must use all of one’s senses to approach and immerse oneself in the piece.
Dr. Yosef Gotlieb is a writer, editor and educator who established the Program in Editing and Editorial Analysis at David Yellin College of Education in 2009. He continues to direct and lecture in the program while engaged in international development and climate change activities focused on the Middle East and Central America. He is the author of Rise: A Novel of Contemporary Israel, Self-Determination in the Middle East and other monographs and articles. As an editor, he specializes in medical and scientific texts and works dealing with international relations.
Dr. Devorah Preiss, a NYC transplant since 2005, earned a B.A. in Journalism at NYU as well as M.A. & Ed.D degrees in Instructional Media & Technology from Columbia University, Teachers College. She teaches her students at the David Yellin College of Education and Efrata College how learning with digital tools may power learner centered pedagogy. She has produced & directed numerous videos and is currently at work on a documentary chronicling the origins of orthodox women’s prayer groups.
Renee Atlas started her career in Chicago as a lawyer and Civil Rights Judge. About twenty years ago, she moved with her family to Jerusalem, where she continues to practice law, now with a parallel career in editing and teaching literary editing.