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Voices Israel - Member Directory

This directory includes all of our members except those who specifically said they did not wish to be included in it. Many of our members sent in detailed information for inclusion. For those who did not, the Directory includes only their name and the area they live in, and the Voices poetry group they attend if they reported it.  Our overseas members are also included.

The Directory is arranged by region, first Israeli regions (geographically from north to south), then other countries: the aim is to make it easy for people in a particular region to see who else is in their area. 

Please all our members - check the information included about you! 

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Voices Israel Member Directory (arranged by region)

Upper and Western Galilee Regions

 Contact Information
 Bar-Dov, Ann

 Ann lives in Misgav.
Bar-Lev, Helen

Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York in 1942. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, has lived in Israel for over 50 years and has had nearly 100 exhibitions of her landscape paintings, 34 of which were one-woman shows. Her poems and artwork have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies, and she has published six poetry collections, all illustrated by herself. She is the Amy Kitchener senior poet laureate and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013. She is the recipient of the Homer European Medal for Poetry and Art. Through the years she has been, in succession, Assistant President of Voices Israel, Chief Editor of the Voices Annual Anthology, Secretary, and Overseas Connections Coordinator. She lives in Metulla, Israel.

 Ben-Joseph, Eli
Can be contacted via a Facebook message to: Eli Ben-Joseph
Eli Ben-Joseph was born in Brooklyn in 1943. He studied classics and history at Brooklyn College. In 1974 he moved to Israel, where he earned an MA and PhD at Haifa University and where under the auspices of Bar Ilan University, he came to head the English Department at the Western Galilee College. His poetry has appeared in Voices Israel Anthology, Cyclamens and Swords, The Deronda Review, Monterey Poetry Review, Soul-Lit and the anthology Thinking Translation (2008). Now retired, his wife and he live in the seaside town of Nahariya.
Eli attends the Western Galilee Voices group and has given workshops.
Ben-Sasson, Deborah
Deborah lives in Acre.
 Botzer, Miriam
  Miriam lives in Tzfat.
Goldfarb, Reuven and Yehudit   
Phone:  04-697-4105
  Writer, teacher, and rabbinic deputy, Reuven Goldfarb has published poetry, stories, essays, articles, reviews, and Divrei Torah in scores of periodicals and anthologies and won several awards.  He co-founded and edited AGADA, the illustrated Jewish literary magazine, taught Freshman English at Oakland’s Merritt College, and "Poetry Immersion" and "Short Story Intensive" as a free-lancer. He now serves as copy editor for books and manuscripts and coordinates monthly meetings for the Upper Galilee chapter of Voices Israel. Residents of Tzfat since 2001, he and his wife Yehudit co-founded Bayt Maor HaLev Center for Movement, Healing, and Language Arts. They host classes, workshops, and a weekly study of Jewish texts in their home. 
 Kent, Shoshana
 Shoshana lives in Nahariya; she is currently coordinator of the Global Group of Voices.
 Rotem, Pesach
Pesach Rotem was born and raised in New York and now lives in the village of Yodfat in northern Israel. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from St. John's University. He is a member of the Voices Israel Group of Poets in English and of the Israel Association of Writers in English. His poems have been published in more than a dozen literary journals including Chiron Review, Natural Bridge, Poets Reading the News, Arc, and Voices Israel anthologies. He is currently the Secretary of Voices Israel.
Pesach attends the Upper Galilee Voices group.

Lower Galilee Region

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 Amit Hannah
 Hannah lives in Poriya Illit.
Aigen, Liza
  Liza lives in Moshav Hazor'im.
 Davis, Miriam
  Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Miriam Davis moved with her parents and siblings at age 10 to the Detroit metropolitan area in Michigan. She earned a BA at Drew University. After a Junior Year Abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem during her college years, she converted to Judaism. She made Aliyah in 1981 with her husband and children and lives and works in Nazareth Illit. She has 4 children and 18 grandchildren living in Israel. She writes poetry and non-fiction and has been published recently in Arc-23, Arc-25, Cyclamens and Swords, A VAST SKY, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, and a previous Voices Anthology
Miriam attends the Haifa Voices group.
Kinsbursky, Michelle
Michelle is an English Educator at Ohalo College, Katzrin, and a Doctoral student at the University of Haifa in the Faculty of Education, where her subject is "Narrative Research: Using Literature and Students' Reflective Writing for Cross Cultural understanding." She lives in Mitspeh Hoshaya.
 Svorai, Susan
 Susan lives in kibbuts Ein Harod Me'uhad, near Mt. Gilboa.
 Yehuda, Dina
Dina is the Chief Editor of the annual Voices Israel Anthology. She lives in Mitspeh Netofa.

Haifa Region

Those members who live in Haifa all attend the Haifa group; for those who live elsewhere in the region, the group they attend is noted if they have reported it.

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  Adam, Razya
Razya lives in Haifa and attends the Haifa Voices group.
Aharoni, Ada

Prof. Ada Aharoni is a poet, writer and sociologist in the field of CR - Conflict Resolution. She is known in Israel and abroad as "The Poet of Love and Peace." She has published 34 books to date that have been translated into many languages and have received many prizes and awards. Her two latest Poetry books are: “Rare Flower” (Dignity Press, USA) and “Horizen of Hope” (Gvanim, Tel Aviv).

Ada Aharoni is the Founding President of “IFLAC: International Forum for Literature and Culture of Peace.” Four albums of her poems and songs have been released.
Blumfield, Itamar
  Itamar lives in Atlit and attends the Haifa group.
Blumfield, Wendy Don
 Mother of four, grandma of eleven, Wendy was born in the UK and lives in Haifa. She worked for London Publisher, then as a freelance journalist and editor; studied psychology and trained to be a childbirth educator and lactation consultant. She has published a poetry collection: The Soldier's Mother. Her nonfiction book Life After Birth - Everywoman's Experience of the First Year of Motherhood was published in English, Spanish and now Russian. She is a past president of Voices Israel.  Wendy attends the Haifa Voices group.
Dan, Iris
Iris grew-up bilingually, in a German-speaking family in Romania. She holds an M.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Bucharest. She has lived in Haifa since 1980. She is married, has a grown daughter and works quite happily as a translator from and into several languages. From her Babel Tower, she sees the Mediterranean. She has been a member of Voices since 2008. Her poems have appeared in several magazines and she has won prices in various competitions. She has published a poetry collection titled The Alchemists's Wife with Cyclamens and Swords Publishing. She attends the Haifa Voices group
 Dorfman, Elana
 Elana lives in Haifa and attends the Haifa group of Voices. She has given many workshops for Voices and other organizations, and  is currently the Voices workshop coordinator.
Gavrieli, Edit
Edit grew up in the United States and came on Aliyah to Haifa in 1973. She's married to Noam, mother of Alon, Oren, Ellah and Efrat, grandmother of Tamara, Nitai, Avigail, Joni, Yoav, Shaya, Shefa and Ziv. She's a retired social worker as well as a former Bed & Breakfast owner, trying to find a bit of sanity in troubling times. Family, friends, dog, cooking, poetry and nature are her mainstays. She attends the Haifa Voices group.
 Golden, Deborah
 Deborah teaches at Haifa University. She lives in Zichron Yaakov and attends the Haifa group of Voices.
 Jawitz, Nina
 Nina lives in Haifa.
Koren, Judy
Judy immigrated to Israel from England in 1970 with a B.A. in English. After a Master’s in Information Science, she spent 20 years at the Technion and over 20 years as a freelance information analyst before retiring in 2017. She has always written occasional verse but since retiring, devotes her energies to poetry more seriously – along with her involvement in the Haifa English Theatre, birding, hiking, and her activities as Nana of four boys. She is currently the Voices webmistress, and President of Voices. She attends the Haifa Voices group.

Since 2017, Judy has had several dozen poems published or accepted for publication in three Voices Anthologies, four annual issues of Deronda Review, and a dozen literary magazines in the US, UK and elsewhere.

 Mendelsohn, Julie
 Julie lives in Zichron Ya'akov.
 Rosenberg, Susan
Susan Rosenberg was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1924. She grew up in Philadelphia, was married to Dick Rosenberg for 64 years, is the mother of five children (one deceased), and the grandmother of 16 grandchildren (one deceased). She has 41 great grandchildren (three more on the way at the time of writing, early 2019), and one great-great grandchild. 

Susan has published five volumes of poetry: A Pledge to Forever, After All This Time, The Place from Afar – an Autobiography in Poetry, After Ninety, and Chugging Along. A sixth appeared to celebrate her 95th birthday in November 2019. Her poems have also appeared in several poetry journals and Anthologies. She attends the Haifa Voices group.

 Sella, Zvi
 Zvi lives in Haifa and attends the Haifa group of Voices.
Webber, Miriam (pen name: Rumi Morkin)
 Miriam Webber was born in London in 1934, and has lived on Moshav Habonim, Israel, since 1953. Miriam writes poems and short stories in addition to translating the journals of EMDA, the Alzheimer's Association of Israel, since 1999, and does occasional English language editing. She set up and runs the archive of Moshav Habonim where she lives. Varied handcrafts have always been her hobby. Sources of joy: 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and chamber music.
Miriam attends the Haifa Voices group.
Yalin, Naomi
Born in the UK, Naomi has lived in Israel since 1971, working in social work, first in a development town and then for 20 years in the prison service. She is now retired but working full time as a translator for Israeli academics wishing to publish their work abroad. She attends the Haifa Voices group.

Netanya and Sharon Region

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 Bechar, Donna
  Donna, originally from New York, and her husband have been in Israel since 1990. Many of her poems have been published in the Voices Anthology, as well as appearing on the newsletter poetry page, throughout the years. She has also been published in Determinations II, Ibbetson Press, Main Street Rag, Poesy, Voices From Israel, and others abroad. Her poems were awarded second prize in the 2003 and 2018 Reuben Rose Poetry Competition, and have also received honorable mentions. Besides poetry, Donna loves to create artisan jewelry, crochet, dance and travel. 
Donna lives in Tel Aviv; she attends the Netanya/Sharon Voices group.
  Bell, Susan
  Susan lives in Kfar Vitkin.
 Brett, Brenda
Brenda lives in South Netanya.
 Carol, Luiza

Luiza writes for children and for grown ups: poems, short stories, short plays, essays and songs. She has written in Romanian since 1969, since 1981 also in English, and since 2006 she has written mostly in Esperanto. She has received many prizes for different literature genres in three languages.

A member of the Haifa group from 1980 to 2018, Luiza then moved to Netanya and now attends the Netanya/Sharon Voices group.

Feigelman, Miriam Michaeli 
Miriam was born in New York and has lived in Netanya with her husband since making Aliyah in 2015. For many years, she lived in Chicago, where she earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Previously, she has worked as a free-lance journalist, technical writer, business analyst and process engineer. Since making Aliyah, she has pursued numerous interests including writing poetry, tutoring English, and studying Jewish/Israeli history. Her membership in Voices Israel, Netanya/Sharon chapter has inspired her poetry. Gratefully, one set of children and grandchildren do reside in Israel, and the rest in the US.
Fellerman, David
 David lives in Netanya.
Fineberg, Judith
 Judith lives in Netanya.
 Goldberg, Marlene
 Marlene lives in Petach Tikva. She attends the Sharon/Netanya  Voices group.
Greenberg, Michael
Livingstone, Mali Joy
 Mali lives in Moshav Sde Warburg.
Olsburgh, Susan
Susan has lived in Israel since 2011. She taught literature and British culture in schools and universities in the north-east of England. As of early 2020, Susan has completed five years as President of Voices Israel.  She coordinates the Netanya/Sharon Voices group. She also voluntarily facilitates a poetry appreciation group started in 2011, Poetry Please, of AACI Netanya. Susan has served on the editorial team for the Voices Israel anthology. She has had poetry published on PoetrySuperHighway, in Cyclamen and Swords and in Voices anthologies, and in newsletters. Susan lives in Netanya.
 Schnitzer, Amy
Serlin, Joyce
 Joyce lives in Netanya and attends the Netanya/Sharon Voices group.
 Shabat, Katy (Kaila)
Kaila lives in Ganei Tikva. She attends the Sharon/Netanya Voices group.
 Simon, Johnmichael
Johnmichael Simon was born in Northampton, England and grew up in South Africa. A member of Habonim youth movement since childhood, he has lived in Israel since 1963. He has published nine books of poems and several collaborations with other poets. His poetry and short stories have been awarded numerous prizes and honorable mentions and he is published widely in print and website collections. Until late 2018 he was the webmaster of Voices Israel. Johnmichael lives in Kfar Saba and attends the Netanya/Sharon Voices group.
Suchy, Linda
Mobile:  054-497-8812 
Linda Suchy was born in Winterset, Iowa (the setting for the book and movie “The Bridges of Madison County.”) She has lived in a several different States in the U.S. and now makes her home in Netanya, Israel, with her husband, Michael. She has five children who she adores! She loves to read, write poetry, and work on the genealogy of her family. Linda attends the Netanya/Sharon Voices group. She was the Secretary of Voices Israel from 2017 to 2022.

Tel Aviv and Central Region

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Barbieru, Jenny
Jenny lives in Tel Aviv.
 Cohen, Isaac
Isaac lives in Tel Aviv.
Friesem Rapoport, Ricki
Ricki has published several books of poetry and won many prizes for her work. She lives in Rehovot and divides her attendance between the Tel Aviv and Ashkelon groups.
Hirschson, Phella
Phella lives in Tel Aviv and attends the Tel Aviv Voices group.
Joseph, Anthony (Tony)
  Prof. Anthony Joseph, emeritus, of the Weizmann Institute, is the sponsor of the Bar Sagi Young Poets Prize. He lives in Rehovot.
Levinson, Mark L.

Mark L. Levinson, while turning out technical and promotional writing for Israeli software companies, used the latest technology — electric typewriters, daisywheel printers, and eventually laser output — to prepare many early issues of Voices Israel, often with his employer's permission. Newspapers have published his book reviews, humor, and political commentary. He translates from Hebrew to English and posts a blog named "Translatable but Debatable." A previous blog, for technical writers, was "The Why of Style." He has edited and co-edited  issues of arc for the Israel Association of Writers in English. Mark coordinates the Tel Aviv group. He lives in Herzliya.

 Luttenberg, Helen
 Helen lives in Tel Aviv.
Merlin Atias, Celia
May be contacted via her Facebook page: Celia Merlin Atias
Born in Lexington, Ky., raised in Buffalo, N.Y. Celia Merlin studied French and English Lit. at SUNY Buffalo followed by an MA in TEFL at Tel Aviv University. She has won numerous honors including four Reuben Rose Memorial International Poetry Competitions, Miriam Lindberg Competition for Peace, and The 2012 Cyclamens and Swords Poetry Competition. Celia has led workshops and given readings at Tel Aviv University and other venues. Her work has appeared in various anthologies. She has made Israel home since 1979, writing, teaching and raising a family.  Celia lives in Ramat Gan and attends the Tel Aviv Voices group.
Priborkin, Klarina
Klarina lives in Kiryat Ono.
 Sarid, Helen
 Helen lives in Tel Aviv.
Tadmor, Dan
Dan recently moved from Tiv'on to the central area and attends the Tel Aviv Voices group.
 Talmon, Birgit

Birgit is Danish-born. She worked as a licensed desert guide in Beer-Sheva, is now a translator: Danish, English and Hebrew. She has studied prose and poetry with eminent writers and writes in the above languages. She publishes poems and short stories in anthologies in Israel and abroad. She has served on Voices Israel Editorial Board. A soprano, she sang with the Philharmonic Choir of Tel-Aviv and has participated in many operas.

Her books Despite the Shadow, A Hint of a Smile, and Concealed Influences in Vivo, were published by Cyclamens and Swords in addition to her collection of word sonnets Bouncing a Thought. Birgit lives in Tel Aviv.


Bet Shemesh/Modi'in Area

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Belsky, Dr. Judy
Judy lives in Beit Shemesh.
 Bustin, Michele
  Michele lives in Gedera.
 Kamenetz, Tobi Lynn
 Tobi lives in Modi'in.
Kasher, Breindel Liba
Breindel Lieba Kasher's works can be found in Midstream Magazine, New York; Prism: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, Yeshiva University; David Yellin, 21st Century Journal, Israel; Seventh Quarry Press, Wales; Off the Shelf, Boston. She is a two time winner of the Reuben Rose International Poetry Competition (2009, 2013) and Winner of Cyclamens and Swords, 2010. Her work has been translated into German and Polish. She is an independent researcher in holocaust studies and her documentary films have been shown all over the world. In April, 2020, her poem and collage was published on the cover of Prism magazine. She lives in moshav Mevo-Modi'in.
Lefkowitz, Larry
 Larry's stories, poetry, and humor have been widely published. His Jewish story collection Enigmatic Tales is published by Fomite Press. Larry lives in Modi'in.
 Neiman, Rachel F.
  Rachel lives in Beit Shemesh.
Yelenik, Joanne Jackson
 Joanne lives in Beit Shemesh.

Jerusalem and Gush Etzion Area 

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Aber Barad, Mindy
Mindy's poetry and short stories appear in such print publications as Poetica, Wild Plum and Current Accounts, as well as on-line. She is also an infrequent contributor to the Jewish press. She is co-editor for Israel of the Deronda Review.   Mindy lives in Efrat in  Gush Etzion and coordinated the Gush Etzion Voices group, which she hopes to restart as soon as there is enough interest.
Abramson, Hayim
Publications: On Sources of Artistic Inspiration; Haiku Thoughts; Notes on the Holocaust; Torah, the Land and the Jewish People; The Individual Within the Community; Emunah; Outlook on Life.

Haim works in English, Hebrew and Spanish and teaches Spanish or Jewish subjects through Skype. He lives in Beit El and attends the Jerusalem Voices group.

Bernstein, Peter
Peter lives in Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.
Braude, Sandra
Sandra  is South African born. A strong believer in reading and education, she lectured in English at the two main colleges of education in Johannesburg. At the demise of apartheid she moved to COSAW (Congress of South African Writers), which was set up to promote Black writing, and where she served as editor and administrator. A prize winning storyteller, she has written and published many poems, stories, articles, and several novels. Her latest book, Ndebelephant – a children’s book about a little elephant who wanted to paint – is self-illustrated. After her husband died, she moved to Australia, where she lived before making Aliyah. Sandra lives in Moshav Shoresh.
Cameron, Esther
Esther is Editor of the Deronda Review. She lives in Ma'aleh Adumim.
Condiotte, Angel Simcha
Angel lives in Jerusalem.
Dickstein, Wendy
Wendy lives in Jerusalem.
Findysz, Robert (Bob)
Robert (Bob) Findysz was born in Chicago but moved to the suburbs before first grade. After finishing graduate work at the University of Chicago in the late 60's, he avoided one war zone (Vietnam) by choosing another (the Mideast), married, settled in Jerusalem, started a family and was drafted, relocating to Kibbutz Palmach-Tzova sometime later. Bob spent forty-some years teaching English as a Foreign Language to Israeli high school and university students. After a lifetime of helping others to write, he retired and is now writing for himself. He published for the first time in the January 2017 issue of The MOON. Since then his poems have appeared occasionally in other literary journals, electronic and hard copy. 
  Fogelman, Ruth

Ruth Fogelman was born in England and has lived, with her family, in Jerusalem’s Old City for most of her life. Her first book, Within the Walls of Jerusalem (belle lettres), appeared in 2000. She has since published four books of poetry. Her poems, articles, short stories and photography have appeared in anthologies and various publications in Israel, UK, USA and India, including The Seventh Quarry, The Deronda Review, Arc, Prosopisia, Poetica, and the  International Literary Review. Some of her poems have been translated into Hebrew and published in the Hebrew language journal, Atar.  She has won First Prize and an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Reuben Rose Poetry Competition, and an Honorable Mention in the Lindberg Peace Foundation Poetry Contest 2010.

 Ruth holds a Masters Degree from the Creative Writing Program of Bar Ilan University, leads the Pri Hadash Women’s Writing Workshop in Jerusalem and co-ordinated the Jerusalem branch of Voices Israel for ten years. 

Foner, Judy

Judy was born in Rechovot in 1936. She spent the war years in Suriname, South America and returned to Israel in 1946. Judy has a degree in English and French from the University of Leeds, England. She lives in Jerusalem and taught English to adults in Israel for many years including twenty years at the Bezalel Academy of Arts. Her activities include singing in the Jerusalem Oratorio choir and writing. Judy has twice received an honourable mention in the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition and some of her poems have appeared in previous Voices Anthologies. She lives in Jerusalem and attends the Jerusalem Voices group.

Goldberg, Rifkah (Rita)

Rifkah writes poetry and aphorisms, and is a long-time oil painter. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cambridge University, and works as a freelance writer and editor.

Born in London in 1950, she has been living in Jerusalem since 1975, has two sons and eleven grandchildren, and is married to the writer Shalom Freedman. 
 Gottesman, Leah
 Leah lives in Efrat, south of Bethlehem.
 Kagan, Michael
 Michael lives in Jerusalem.
Kelter, Malka
Malka lives in Jerusalem.
Levene, Lawrence
Lawrence lives in Jerusalem.
Lown-Klein, Linda
Linda lives in Jerusalem.
Meallem, Avril
Avril Meallem, a retired brain injury physiotherapist and complementary therapist originally from London, UK, now lives with her husband in Jerusalem. Avril’s poems have appeared in several Israeli and international on-line and printed anthologies and she has received several Honorary Mentions in various competitions. Her published poetry collections are Dancing with the Wind, Come Sit with Me by the River and two collections of Tapestry Poetry, the latter being an innovative form of collaborative poetry writing that she developed and co-authored with Indian poetess Shernaz Wadia. 
Avril acted as secretary to “Voices Israel” for five years (2013-2018) and is now the coordinator of the Jerusalem regional group.
 Millmann, Chanita
Chanita lives in Jerusalem and attends the Jerusalem group. She is the long-time Treasurer of Voices Israel.
 Moshe, Channah
054 2385 172
Channah is an international citizen, having lived in La-Tour-de-Peilz, (the French-speaking part of) Switzerland, London, U.K., and Washington DC/Maryland, U.S. She currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel – her birthplace.

Channah taught French, English and Hebrew at Berlitz and privately: was an editor for the NIH and EPA (USA), and is currently an editor at the Bank of Israel. Her poems have been published in American, British, Indian, Israeli and Italian publications/websites.

Ramsay, Elizabeth (Betsy)
Betsy Ramsay, an American-born journalist, teacher, mother and grandmother, resided with her family in Sweden before moving to Israel in 1987. Betsy has authored eleven books: four collections of her own poetry, two historical novels for children, a full-color picture book for tots, and for adults, a personal memoir plus the story of her Aliyah and finally, a story based on her German Jewish grandfather's account from the Holocaust. Betsy lives in Jerusalem.
Rosenberg, Betsy
Betsy Rosenberg is a translator, editor, poet,and  writer. She lives in Jerusalem and attends the Jerusalem group.
Shaltiel, Eva
Eva lives in Jerusalem.
Shavei-Tzion, Richard
Richard is the author of “Poetry in the Parasha” an anthology of poems on the weekly Torah portions. His poetry and articles of Jewish and human interest have appeared in many anthologies and news publications around the world. He is the author of the “Prayer for the Preservation of the Environment” read in synagogues and other settings internationally. Richard is the director of the Ramatayim Men’s Choir, which appears regularly in Israel and conducts concert tours across Europe. As a “Ba’al Tefilla,” he has conducted High Holiday Services overseas for decades. He is often invited to lecture on music subjects, act as MC at public events and lead communal singing evenings. His photography has been displayed in solo exhibitions. An accountant by profession, Richard directs a property and medical management company. He resides in Jerusalem with his very patient wife Cheryl and attends the Jerusalem Voices group.
Sher, Steven (Yashar, Shlomo)
Steven/Shlomo lives in Jerusalem.
Somerville, Susan (Shoshannah)
Susan wrote three poems in 1964 and laughed.  Then she wrote, seriously, in journals for 40 years (with an occasional piece of poetry), tore up the journals, made aliyah and started a true poetic path. She joined Voices but has become a "dropout" from the group - for various reasons. However, she is yearning to return and learn and to share, again. She lives in Jerusalem and attends the Jerusalem Voices group.
Stern, Ruth
Tel  02-5634739
Mobile  052-445-1496

Ruth Stern was born in South Africa where she studied biochemistry and dietetics. In 1948 she immigrated to Israel and joined the Mahal volunteers, serving as a nurse in the Medical Corps. She married one of her patients, had two sons, and taught English.She graduated from the Hebrew University with a B.A. in Education and English Literature, and later an M.A. (cum laude) in English Literature. She has been a teacher, counselor, and headed the English department at the Hebrew University High School. She also volunteered at the Israel Museum and worked for over thirty years at the Gabriel Sherover Information Centre for Israeli Art.

Ruth became a member of Voices Israel – Jerualem group, in 1979. Her poetry has been published in Voices anthologies and in Seven Gates, in Poetica, Matrix and other journals, and also in various anthologies from New Zealand to England to America. Her poem “Loss” was shortlisted for the top 100 poems on the 2000 Forward Press International Competition 2000. She has published one book of poetry: Clip My Lips. Today Ruth heads a poetry translation group in Jerusalem.
Stone, Michael E.

Michael Stone was born in England, came to Israel in 1960 and taught at Hebrew University from 1966, becoming Professor of Religious Studies and Armenian Studies (1980). Now retired, he lives in Jerusalem. He has published poems in numerous literary journals. Oxford University Press published his poetic translation of the 6000-line Armenian epic of Adam and Eve, Adamgirk (2007). He has published three poetry collections: Selected Poems (2010) Orange Light (2016) and Armenia Views which appeared with Hayastan Press in Yerevan, Armenia in 2019. His travel journal about the Sinai appeared in 2017: Uncovering Ancient Footprints (SBL Press).

 Zeisel, Erika
Erika lives in Shoresh.
Zemel, Yocheved Miriam
WhatsApp:  972-527504624
 Yocheved Miriam Zemel writes prose and poetry. Her reviews have been featured in Martyrdom and Resistance and The Hidden Child. She wrote a biweekly column for the Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Jewish journals. She has been an adjunct professor at FIU, director of the Southeast America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, and Associate director of ARMDI. She has been a real estate broker in Florida and Israel.

Yocheved Miriam and her husband made aliyah from Boca Raton, Florida. Their children are living in Israel and in the States. Her poetry has appeared in Voices Poetry publications , in the Deronda Review and in arc 26. Yecheved Miriam lives in Jerusalem and attends the Jerusalem Voices group.

 Schreiber, Ruth
 Ruth lives in Jerusalem

Southern Region (Ashkelon and all places south of it)

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Abadi, Nissan
  Nissan lives in Beersheva.
Bat-Or, Shulamit
Shulamit lives in Meitar, north-east of Beersheva.
Bezalel, Chaim and Yonnah
Bezalel and Yonnah divide their time between Israel and WA, USA. When in Israel they live in Ashkelon where Chaim coordinates the Ashkelon Voices group.
Galanis, Jennifer
Jennifer Galanis began writing poetry while living in Israel as a method of storytelling for friends and family back home in Fort Worth, TX, USA. Since then, she continues to share stories using an intimate perspective, and prefers topics that are emotionally difficult and sometimes taboo. In Israel, Jennifer attends the Southern/Beersheva group.
Green, Miriam
Miriam lives in Beersheva and is the coordinator of the Southern/Beersheva group.
Katzenell, Ethelea
Ethelea is retired and does Hebrew/English translating and English editing from her home in Be'er-Sheva. She thanks God that she is the mother of 4 successful adult children and grandmother of 5, thus far. She sings in/performs with Cantacapella Classical Choir. She is an avid local-patriot and 'green' activist, who came to Beer-Sheva from Philadelphia, Pa. in 1972 and has worked in the Ben-Gurion  University of the Negev's Central Aranne Library for 45 years on its beautiful eco-friendly campus.She says she has never yet had a dull day here. Ethelea attends the Southern/Beersheva Voices group.
Lambert, Philippa
  Philippa lives in Beersheva.
Schotz, Amiel
Amiel Schotz was born in Scotland, came to Israel for a one-year visit in 1965 - and is still here! Former Voices Israel editor-in-chief and judge of the Reuben Rose competition, he glories in being the active Saba of preschoolers Mia and Ella. Amiel writes, translates, performs at folk events, and looks forward to each new day. At 83 (as of early 2019), he says "I am profoundly grateful to still be able to write. Attending the Southern group meetings and benefitting from the wonderful feedback has improved my work immensely." 
Weinstein Haggai, Judih
Judih has been writing poetry since the age of 14 and over the years has come to rely on it to discover what's going on inside. Her daily haiku are her meditations on the present moment. They serve as therapy; living on kibbutz Nir-Oz, neighboring Gaza, she is truly grateful.
 Zaqantov, Yochanan
​Yochanan Zaqantov writes and publishes poetry under the pen name Ivan Labombarbe.  He has published 3 Kindle e-books and 3 paperback books on Kindle Direct Publishing.  He has also marketed his books on Facebook and Instagram.  He chooses self-publishing for the freedom it gives him in managing his writing as an author.  He is also listed on Amazon, Good Reads, and his first book is sold on the Book Depository website.  In 1979, his poem “The Love Lost” was the quarter-finalist in the American Song Festival. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a Master’s degree from St. John Fisher College in New York. He is a graduate of Toastmasters International. He then worked for 30 years in Information Technology and was a Program Manager.  He has presented at multiple industry-focused conferences from 1995 to 2002.  He came to Israel in 2018 together with his adult daughter (he is a widower), and settled in Beer Sheva. He is retired and spends his time volunteering, writing poetry, learning to play the acoustic guitar and developing his skills in photography.

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United States

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Barkan, Stanley H.
 Stanley H. Barkan, editor of Cross-Cultural Communications, now coordinator of the Yale Club Poets Series in NYC,  in 2017 was awarded the Homer Medal of European Literature and Art. His most recent books are As Still as a Broom, translated into Spanish by Isaac Goldemberg; and More Mishpocheh, with illustrative photos and art by the author’s wife, Bebe Barkan. As of early 2019 he also has a forthcoming poetic work in six parts:  The Sacrifice: A Midrash of Origins. Stanley lives in Merrick, NY.
Bezalel, Chaim and Yonnah
Chaim and Yonnah divide their time between Israel, where Chaim coordinates the Ashkelon group, and Stanwood, WA.
Brumm, Anne-Marie
 Anne-Marie lives in New York City.
 Burkman, Katherine
 Katherine lives in Columbus, OH.
 Cohen, Cathleen
  Cathleen lives in Wynnewood,  PA.
 Dietrich, Carol E.
 Carol lives in Worthington, OH.
Goldberg, Linda
Linda Goldberg is the author of Here I Am, a book of short stories about growing up in Jewish Boston, and Silent Joy, a novel about a girl growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s caught in a love triangle between two young men and suffering under a troubled relationship with her mother. She has published poetry in Voices Israel and essays in Binah,, etc. She lives in Natick, MA and attends the Global Group of Voices.
Holt, Patricia
Patricia lives in Big Sur, CA.
Keeler, Robert
Robert was born St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in the jungles of Colombia. He holds a BS Mathematics from North Carolina State University, MS Computer Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Certificate in Poetry from the University of Washington. He was an honorman in the U.S. Naval Submarine School and Submarine Service (SS) qualified and recipient of the Vietnam Service Medal, Honorable Discharge, and a Whiting Foundation Experimental Grant. He is a member of IEEE, AAAS, and the Academy of American Poets. A former Boeing engineer Robert lives in Vashon, WA.
Kleefeld, Carolyn Mary
Carolyn lives in Big Sur, CA.
Kofler, Silvia
 Sylvia lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mahgerefteh, Michal
 Michal lives in Norfolk, VA. She is the editor of Poetica Magazine.
McCrady, Anne
Anne is a poet, speaker, storyteller, and peace advocate. In addition to her prize-winning collections, Along Greathouse Road, Letting Myself In, and Under a Blameless Moon, her writing appears internationally in literary journals, anthologies and arts magazines. She also has editorial, review, fiction and creative nonfiction publication credits and is a frequent poetry contest judge and presenter. Anne's work has been performed as liturgy, art song, and libretto. She is a two-time Pushcart nominee. Anne lives in Tyler, TX.
McKinney-Small, Amy
  Amy lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Neufeld, Amos
 Amos lives in New York City, NY.
Rabinowitz, Paul
 Paul lives in Morristown, NJ.
Ray, Diane

Diane Ray is a native New Yorker and Seattle psychologist, poet, and essayist at work on a first novel. She is a frequent contributor to Voices Israel and won Honorable Mention in the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition 2017. Her work has also appeared in many literary magazines including the Women’s Studies Quarterly, the Jewish Literary Journal and the IFLAC Peace Anthology.

Robinson, Judith R.

Judith is an editor, teacher, fiction writer, poet and visual artist. A 1980 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she is listed in the Directory of American Poets and Writers. She has published 75+ poems, five poetry collections, one fiction collection; one novel; and edited or co-edited eleven poetry collections. Her newest collection, Carousel, was published in January, 2017 by Lummox Press. She teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Judith lives in Pittsburgh, PA..

 Rosenfeld, Yiskah
 Yiskah lives in Albany, CA.
Schneberg, Willa
Willa Schneberg is a poet, ceramic sculptor, curator and psychotherapist in private practice. She has authored five poetry collections including: Box Poems; In The Margins of The World (recipient of the Oregon Book Award), Storytelling in Cambodia, and Rending the Garment. Willa has been a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell. Poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including: American Poetry Review; Salmagundi; Poet Lore and Bellevue Literary Review. In 2018, she was poet-in-residence in Kathmandu, Nepal. She lives in Portland, OR.
Schnur-Berlot, Esther
Esther was raised in NYC and worked behind the scenes in TV Commercials. Moving on to California she designed wearable art. Now living in Arizona she devotes her time to writing poetry. Esther’s poetry has appeared in California Poetry Quarterly, Desert Voices, Sonoma Collective, The Blue Guitar Magazine and Poetica.
Seitel, Jane
Jane lives in Apex, NC.
Silverman, David
 David lives in Skokie, IL and attends the Global Group of Voices.
 Tana, Patti

Patti Tana is Professor Emerita of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY) and the Walt Whitman Birthplace 2009 Poet of the Year. She is editor of the poetry anthology Songs of Seasoned Women, associate editor of the Long Island Quarterly, and the author of nine books of poems, most recently All I Can Gather & Give. Two of her poems won honorable mention in the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition: “Hemming” (2015) and “The Numbers” (2018). Patti lives on Long Island. To listen to Patti read her poems, please visit her poetry website.
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Constam, SImon
  Simon lives in Toronto, ON.
Hill, Ruth
  Ruth lives in Chetwynd, BC.
Logan-Litwin, Arnold
  Arnold lives in Aurora, ON.
Pradhmelina, Sabina
Sabina lives in Medicine Hat, AL.
Soberano, Lindsay Simy
 Lindsay lives in Vaughan, ON.

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 Lipton, Esther
 Esther lives in Kenton Harrow, Middlesex.
Wolfson, Rosemary
 Rosemary lives in Kenton Harrow, Middlesex.


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Adès, David

David is a twice Pushcart Prize nominated Australian poet. He is the author of Mapping the World (commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008), Afloat in Light and a chapbook, All the Questions Are Eternal. His poems have been widely published and anthologised in Australia and the U.S. He has won The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize and been shortlisted and commended for other prizes including the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize (Australia), the Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize (U.S.) and the Reuben Rose International Poetry Prize (Israel).

David lives in Beecroft, NSW.
Cohen, Lilian
 Lilian moved from Australia to Israel in 1968, living on Kibbutz Yizrael before moving to Haifa where she worked as an English teacher at Haifa University, the Technion and at the Leo Baeck Senior High School in Haifa until her retirement. A longtime member of Voices, she now resides in Melbourne, Australia, where she belongs to two writing groups. Her poetry and fiction have been regularly published in Israel, Australia and the USA. 
Lopata, Rena

Rena was born in Melbourne, Australia to Russian Jewish parents who migrated to Australia in 1937 from Riga, Latvia. A retired psychologist, her work and her Jewish heritage have informed much of her writing. Rena’s poetry, short stories and articles have been published in a variety of anthologies and journals, including the poetry publications, Voices Israel, Mizmor Anthology, Cyclamens and Swords Newsletter, and two issues of the innovative IFLAC Anthology on Anti Terror and Peace. In 2016 she won a second prize in the Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Contest, CA, USA. She now lives in Kew, Victoria.

Suttner, Immanuel
Immanuel lives in Mattraville, NSW.

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Mwangi, Robert
 Robert lives in Nairobi, Kenya.