In honor of Aliyah Day, which recognizes the immigration of Jewish people from all over the world as a core value of the State of Israel, JerusalemOnline is introducing the immigrants (Olim) on its staff.
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Last year, the Knesset voted in favor of introducing a new holiday into the official national Israeli calendar: Yom HaAliyah (Aliyah Day). This day recognizes the immigration of Jewish people from all over the world as a core value of the State of Israel and acknowledges the contributions made by immigrants to Israeli society. In honor of Aliyah Day, which is being marked today throughout Israel, JOL would like to introduce the immigrants (Olim) on its staff.
Four of JerusalemOnline’s news editors were born in the U.S. and decided to immigrate to Israel after completing high school. Judy Abramson was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. At the age of 15, she visited Israel and stayed for a week in Kiryat Motzkin, her hometown’s Israeli sister city. This experience had a great impact on her and this is when she decided that she belongs in Israel. She enlisted into the Israeli Air Force as an F-16 technician in December 2011, just a few months after she immigrated to the country. She is currently completing her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University.
Chelsea Mosery Birnbaum made Aliyah in February 2007 from Long Island, New York. She moved to Jerusalem and started a preparatory program at Hebrew University. Chelsea served in the IDF Intelligence Corps. She started her military service in the Terrain Branch of the Central Command and went on to be the Deputy Intelligence Officer at the Samarian Territorial Brigade, finishing her service with the rank of first lieutenant. Besides being a news editor at JOL, she works at Beit Hagefen, an Arab-Jewish Cultural Center in Haifa.
Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst at JOL. She was born and raised in Maryland and immigrated to Israel in 2009. She holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University and a B.A. in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. Prior to joining JerusalemOnline, she worked as a content manager and writer for United With Israel, a Hasbara website.
Chelsea Mosery Birnbaum
Becca Noy, a news editor and the content manager at JerusalemOnline, was born in Orlando. She came to Israel for the first time at the age of 16 and fell in love with the country. She enlisted into the IDF in 2009 about nine months after she made Aliyah and became a sergeant of operations. She continued in the military and became an operations officer, serving in the Givati Brigade. She holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern and African History from Tel Aviv University and is currently working toward her master’s degree in Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Gayle Rinot is a main newscast editor at JOL. She was born and raised in a small town outside of Boston and has lived in Israel since 1987. She came on what was supposed to be a summer vacation after graduating from college and simply fell in love with the country. She will be celebrating her 30th anniversary of Aliyah this year. Gayle is an experienced journalist and copywriter who writes and edits newsletters and blogs for an established Israeli telecommunications company and lends her voice to various multimedia initiatives as well as cartoons broadcast on American television.
Gilya Stern is also a main newscast editor at JOL. She was born in St. Louis and made Aliyah at the age of 9. She served as a psychoanalyst in the IAF. JerusalemOnline’s newscast and magazine editor Linda Lovitch also made Aliyah. She is a media and communications consultant in Israel. She trains government spokespeople, diplomats and high-tech executives in making effective presentations, media interviewing techniques and Israel advocacy.