About Alma

Alma is a feminist Jewish culture site and online community bringing you a diversity of voices. We publish daily articles about pop culture, politics, news, identity, holidays and more, all through a Jewish lens. We believe in using our platform to raise the voices of all Jews, but especially those who often don’t get heard enough in the organized Jewish world, including Jews of Color, queer Jews, Jews by choice, and Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews.

Please join us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our Facebook group, Alma pals. Alma is a project of 70 Faces Media.

What does the name Alma mean, you ask? 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, we know. When Alma launched in 2017, we called ourselves a publication for “ladies with chutzpah” and were exclusively geared towards women and non-binary folks. These days, we think of ourselves as a publication for anyone — regardless of gender — who cares about Jewish identity and culture and how they fit into everyday life. Still with lots of chutzpah.

Meet the Team:

Molly Tolsky (she/her) is the founder and editor of Alma. She holds a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her creative fiction and non-fiction can be found in Tin House, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Electric Literature and elsewhere. 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 (she/her) is the associate editor of Alma. 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.

Chloe Sarbib (she/her) is Alma’s associate editor of arts and culture. She’s also a writer and filmmaker whose shorts have played and won awards internationally (Palm Springs, SIFF, Provincetown, NewFest, Iris Prize, Mill Valley, Brooklyn Film Festival, and more). An alumna of Yale (BA) and Columbia (MFA), where she received the Zaki Gordon Memorial Award for Excellence in Screenwriting, she’s drawn to stories about blurred identity. Her screenplays have been recognized by the Jerusalem Lab, the Nantucket Screenwriters’ Colony, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Catwalk Institute. You can find her on her website or on Instagram, or reach her at chloe@heyalma.com.

Evelyn Frick (she/her or they/them) is the editorial assistant of Alma. She graduated from Vassar College in 2019, where she studied English Literature and Art History. Prior to joining Alma, Evelyn served as an assistant on the Friends Like Us Podcast hosted by Marina Franklin. In her spare time, she participates in the time-honored Jewish tradition of stand-up comedy and is a contributor for Reductress. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or reach her at efrick@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.

Grace Yagel (Senior Designer and 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.

Meet the 2020-2021 Alma College Writing Fellows!

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