Contributing Authors and Editors


Batya Amir, a Berlin native, holds an MA in Anthropology and European Ethnology, specializing in Anthropology of Religion (Native American, Russian Old Believers). She has taught Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon, USA, curated several exhibits in Berlin museums and edited art catalogues. Following her Aliyah in 1994, she has developed an expertise in EFL and currently teaches English, anthropology and German at the Democratic School in Kfar Saba, Israel. She has a daughter who shares her love of languages.

Tamar Ansh is an author, editor, event and seminar organizer, recipe developer, speaker and food columnist. She has published several books including: Splitting the Sea, inspirational stories on finding one’s soul-mate; Let’s Say Amen!, an illustrated children’s book of stories about the holiness of Amen, brachos and more; A Taste of Challah, a bestseller photographic guide about challah, many shaping ideas and more; Riding the Waves, a book of inspiring true life stories about dating and shidduchim, and how others finally met the right one;  and PesachAnything’s Possible!, a gluten free, yeast & wheat free, cookbook, perfect for Passover and also year round use for gluten free kosher diets. She also writes for many publications such as Hamodia newspaper, Mishpacha Magazine, Binah,,, The Jewish Press, and others. See all her work, her newly released e-books, and her website at

Mark Davies is professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA. His primary areas of research are corpus linguistics, the design and optimization of linguistic databases, language change and genre-based variation, and frequency and collocational analyses.

Carol Dickstein, MA, CELTA is an English Language Educator who has worked in South Africa, China, Vietnam, Spain, Italy and Israel. In Israel; she has taught at The Hebrew University and Hadassah Academic College, written EFL textbooks, been a teacher trainer and recently completed the Text and Publishing Studies Program at David Yellin Academic College of Education.

Susan Doron has a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Fordham University.  She has worked as a lawyer in  New York and Israel and has directed an Israeli non-profit organization devoted to music education. She currently lives outside Jerusalem.

William Dunkerley is editor of Editors Only (, a monthly for editorial professionals. He is an international media business analyst and consultant (, and also edits STRAT, a newsletter of print and online magazine publishing strategy ( In addition, Mr.Dunkerley is a recognized expert on media development in post-communist countries, and author of the books, Medvedev’s Media Affairs and The Phony Litvinenko Murder published by Omnicom Press (

Jan Freeman is a well-known language columnist for the Boston Globe. She has worked as an editor at The Real Paper, an alternative weekly and at Boston and Inc. magazines. She was a science news editor at the Boston Globe when she launched “The Word,” her weekly column on English usage, in 1997. She lives in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

 Shana Katz was born in South Africa and moved to Israel on her own at age sixteen. A creative writer for over ten years now, Shana is currently working on her first novel. Recently married, she also runs her own beauty salon and continues to challenge herself as a writer, medical cosmetologist and makeup artist. Shana draws inspiration from her cats Belle and Tubsy and her husband Ben.

Hava Kohl-Riggs lived the first third of her life on Long Island, New York, the second third in Madison, Wisconsin, and continues the third in Jerusalem.  She has worked as a psychotherapist and life coach throughout her adult life, and now writes fiction and creative non-fiction, daring the reader to tell the difference.

Keren Mazuz is a medical anthropologist who studies health, medicine and caregivers migration in Israel. She completed her doctoral dissertation at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. While holding a Ginsburg Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem during 2010-2011 she investigated cross-cultural experiences and expressions of pain.

Michael McCarthy is Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author of numerous articles and books; in recent years he has applied language corpora to enhance learning of language in a number of textbooks.

Batya Shai, a veteran teacher of English in the US and Israel, is currently working on a course book for English as a Second Language (ESL). She has an MA. in English from New York University. Several pieces of her writing have appeared in various publications, under her maiden name. The most recent is One Small Deed Can Change the World (Shaar Press, 2010).

Sarah Fairweather Shamir, a graduate of Cambridge University, is a teacher in Jerusalem. She teaches English, both in school and privately. From September 2012 she is the Head of English at Frankel School. Sarah grew up in England and moved to Israel in 1998.

Debora Bess Siegel, born in New York, has resided in Jerusalem since 1982. She is a teacher trainer at Hebrew University and teaches English and Cinema Appreciation at the Hebrew University Secondary School. She has published short stories and poetry in Mom Egg, the Ranfurly Review and the FWN magazines. She has a BA in Art, an MA in Liberal Arts Education and a teaching certificate from David Yellin Teachers College.

Faculty  Editors

Yosef Gotlieb, PhD is the founding director of the Text and Publishing Studies Program at David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel. He is a founding editor of The 21st Century Text. An editor, poet and author, his most recently book is Rise, A Novel of Contemporary Israel. His website is found at

Susan Holzman, PhD lectures at David Yellin Academic College in Jerusalem, Israel. Her teaching and research interests include EAP reading, academic writing, language assessment, and the use of dictionaries and corpora in language learning. She is past president of the English Teachers’ Association of Israel. She is the regional representative for Israel on the Asia TEFL Executive Council.

Student Editors

Batya Amir

Tamar Ansh

Philip Cohen

Carol Dickstein

Susan Doron

Sarah Fairweather

Keren Mazuz

Phyllis Nataf

Batya Shai

Special acknowledgement is made to Carol Dickstein for her editorial contributions in the formulation of  “Context, Subtext, Intertextuality: A Tool for Editorial Analysis” and to the selection of the fiction pieces in this issue. Batya Amir and Keren Mazuz also served as selection editors for fiction in this issue.

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