About Alma

Alma [ahl-ma] is a Hebrew word meaning a woman of childbearing age who has not had kids. Which is really weird and oddly specific but hey, who are we to judge. Alma, the website you are currently visiting (thanks!), is a new online community for Jewish women trying to figure this whole adult thing out.

Because yes, it’s hard to be an adult. A real adult–one with a career and friends and relationships and at least one houseplant for good measure. Alma won’t always have the answers (though sometimes we’ll have kickass advice!) but we will be there when you need to get over your whirlwind Birthright fling, when a loved one dies, when you lose your job or need help finding a new one, and when you just need a hearty laugh/cry. Not all the folks at Alma are the same, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from one another (or at least share some solid Netflix recommendations).

And we promise to never judge you for doing that performance to “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” at your bat mitzvah party. We’ve all been there.

Meet the Team:

Molly Tolsky (Editor) is a writer and editor originally from the Chicago area, currently living in Brooklyn. She holds a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence college (yes, two degrees in fiction = it’s a miracle she’s employed). Previously, she was the editor of Kveller. You can read more about why she started Alma here, here, and here. You can visit her website and follow her on Instagram and Twitter. You can also reach her at molly@heyalma.com.

Emily Burack (Associate Editor) is a writer from New York. She studied history, government, and religion at Dartmouth College. You can visit her website, read her book blog, and she’s also on Twitter and Instagram. Please send book recommendations (or just say hi) to emily@heyalma.com.

Arielle Kaplan (Editorial Assistant) studied Journalism, Psychology, and Spanish at Indiana University where she discovered the Kinsey Institute and took a keen interest in human sexuality. She has previously worked for The Tab, Tabú, and Metro US. In her spare time Arielle co-hosts the weekly Seven Minutes in Heaven podcast. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram, or reach out to akaplan@70facesmedia.org.

Deborah Kolben (COO/Editorial Director) serves as the COO and Editorial Director at 70 Faces Media. She was a co-founder of Kveller.com. Previously, Deborah was the city editor of The New York Sun and the managing editor of the Village Voice. She received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and received an Arthur F. Burns fellowship to report in Germany, and has also written for The New York Times, Financial Times, The New York Daily News, and The Forward. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Rebecca Phillips (VP, Audience & Digital Strategy) is a digital veteran with nearly 20 years experience creating, managing, and marketing website and mobile content. She spent 10 years at religion and spirituality site Beliefnet.com, where she was Director of Content Strategy. She led content teams at parenting sites CafeMom and Mom365, and served as Chief Content Officer at digital agency RevSquare, where she oversaw all content and marketing projects for clients like Showtime Networks, Kaplan Test Prep, ReachMD, PJ Library, and more. Rebecca graduated from Columbia University and holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Shevy Baskin (Audience Development Manager) has an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and a BA in Sociology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She has previously interned for the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, UJA-Federation of New York, and Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh.

Marissa Roer (Video Editor) is the video editor at 70 Faces Media. After majoring in Music and Media & Communications at Muhlenberg College, she developed a love for documentary film which then evolved into a passion for film editing. She has edited everything from the Oxygen Network to a variety of Short Films and is in the process of producing her project, Musicians of NYC. If she is not found staring deeply into the Adobe Creative Cloud, she can be found composing music and designing terrariums.

Grace Yagel (Multimedia Editor) received her BA in Visual Communications and Motion Design from Holon Institute of Technology in Israel. Grace has always admired TV and how it’s created and when YouTube came along she was drawn into creating and editing videos herself. Other than videos Gracemakes zines called “Paper Punchers” and writes a blog in Hebrew named “101 Things I’ve Learned (since I moved to New York)”.

Lior Zaltzman (Contributing Writer) was a digital fellow at the Forward, where she wrote about funky yarmulkes and short Jewish men, made comics of bad date stories in a series called #OyDate, created animated-gif, illustrations and drafted thousands of social media posts. Lior is a cartoonist and illustrator, her work was featured in exhibitions from Israel to Canada and has been honored by the Society of Illustrators.

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