Erica Schachne made aliya from New York City in December 2009, and has been a proud member of the Katamon community ever since. A copy editor at The Jerusalem Post, voracious bookworm and full-time foodie, she enjoys airing her opinions about Israel’s myriad political and cultural happenings.
Gayla Goodman hails from Leawood, Kansas. In 26 years of living in Israel, she has become, among other things, an accomplished writer. Her writing range extends from technical writing to web content to ghostwriting autobiographies about very interesting Israelis. She and her husband owned and operated a graphic design and specialty advertising studio in Jerusalem for 15 years where she was the in-house proofreading and editing specialist. Since those early days in Israel, she has also worked as a certified doula and holds the rank of sergeant in the volunteer unit of the Jerusalem police department. She enjoys sailing, deep sea diving, traveling with her husband and hanging out with her children—on land or at sea.
Sybil and Barry Kaplan come from Overland Park, Kansas. He made aliyah and she returned, as an Israeli who had lived here previously for 10 years, four and a half years ago. Sybil works as a foreign correspondent for North American Jewish newspapers and several web sites; Barry photographs for her stories and is starting a tour operator business to bring groups to Israel. Sybil also is a food writer, lecturer and leader of walks in English in Machaneh Yehudah, Jerusalem’s Jewish produce market.