The Expulsion From Gush Katif

Gush Katif Resource to educate and enlighten

Contributors to the Book

Naomi Grossman, originally from London, U.K., has been living in Israel for the past sixteen years, during which she has acquired an enduring love of the land. She currently lives in Jerusalem, where she is raising her beautiful family and works as an experienced writer, editor, and translator. 

Sara Bedein  is a writer and translator who lives with her husband David and their six children in Efrat, Israel.

Rabbi Yosef Elnekaveh was the former Chief Rabbi of Gush Katif. He now lives in temporary accommodation in Yad Binyamin, Israel, with his wife and children.

Paula R. Stern is a freelance editor and technical writer. In addition to founding WritePoint Ltd. (, she also maintains her personal website ( and a site about her son, a soldier in the army ( She lives in Maaleh Adumim with her husband and five children.

Ami Shaked is a resident of Rafiach Yam and served as the director of the security division of the Katif Regional council.

Yehudit Tayar currently lives in Bet Choron. She is a veteran spokesperson for the settlement movement and works closely with the security officers in Yesha and the IDF.

Sara Yocheved Rigler is a graduate of Brandeis University. Her spiritual journey took her to India and through fifteen years of teaching Vedanta philosophy and meditation. Since 1985, she has been practicing Torah Judaism. A writer, she resides in the Old City of Jerusalem with her husband and children. Her articles have appeared in: Jewish Women Speak about Jewish Matters, Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul, and Heaven on Earth.  She has just written a new book Lights from Jerusalem

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She has published seven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play.

Debbie Rosen was a resident of Neve Dekalim for 20 years. She and her family have now been relocated to Nitzan, Israel. She was a spokeswoman for the Gush Katif movement and spent much of her time shadowing journalists from all over the world.

Dr. Pesach Aceman is a former resident of Ganei Tal, Gush Katif. He emigrated from Vancouver,  Canada in 1973. The diary of his Gush Katif experience was well documented in the media and was picked up by the BBC who ran it as a regular feature.

Toby Klein Greenwald, is a journalist, photographer, educator, editor, theatre director, playright and poet. She has 30 years of teaching experience at the college and high school level and has served on numerous educational think tanks and on municipal committees. She has degrees in Tanach, education. literature and philosophy. She is the editor of and one of the co-founders of the Raise Your Spirits Summer Stock Company and Bible Arts Productions. She lives with her husband and children in Efrat, Israel. One of her married daughters was uprooted, with her family, from Atzmona, in Gush Katif. Toby is the translator of the book In the Land of Prayer: Personal Tefillot from Israel in Turbulent Times, and was the drama and writing director of the play Scenes from our Lives, by the students from the Ulpana of Neve Dekalim, written and performed two years after the expulsion.    

Chaim Gibber is a former resident of Gush Katif. He currently lives with his family in temporary housing in Yad Binyamin, waiting for more permanent relocation. He grows tropical fish.

Zimra Siegman- Schlessinger now lives in the hilltops of Samaria . She works part time as an English teacher and as a Rabbinical Court divorce lawyer.  Her husband, Chananel is a Yeshiva student.

Rachel Saperstein is a teacher at the Neve Dekalim ulpana and was a spokeswoman for the Katif Regional Council.

Shifra Shomron is a former resident and expellee of Neve Dekalim – Gush Katif and the author of the first novel on Gush Katif. Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim (published by Mazo Publishers © 2007) puts a human face to the people of Gush Katif as it closely follows the story of an Israeli family from pre-Intifada II until Disengagement. This novel is an historic fiction based upon the author’s life and experiences in Gush Katif, as well as those of friends and neighbours. Shifra loved her life and thrived in Gush Katif where she spent her childhood through teenage years. “Travel beyond time and beyond location – into my Gush Katif” Visit Shifra’s website

Esther Marcus lives in Har Nof, Jerusalem, with her family. She returned to Israel a month before the Expulsion.

Judy Lash Balint is an award-winning Jerusalem-based journalist, writer and author of Jerusalem Diaries: In Tense Times. (Gefen, 2002) and Jerusalem Diaries II: What’s Really Happening in Israel (Xulon Press, 2007) She is a contributor to the Fodor’s Israel Guidebook and works as communications coordinator at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Michael Freund served as an aide in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office to former premier Binyamin Netanyahu. He is the founder and chairman of Shavei Israel (, a Jerusalem-based group that reaches out and assists “lost Jews” seeking to return to the Jewish people.

Rachel Ginsberg writes for Jewish publications in Israel and the United States, and is an editor at Mishpacha Magazine. She lives with her family in Beitar.

Aaron Klein is World Net Daily’s Jerusalem bureau chief. He is known for his regular interviews with Mideast terror leaders and his popular segments on America’s top radio programs. His newly released book is Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land, Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans – to a Jew!

Anita Tucker lived in Netzer Chazani, and now lives temporarily in Ein Tzurim. Her grandchildren, who were born in Netzer Chazani, carried a sign as they left home that read “The Tucker family, Thirty years, three generations, this music will continue.”

Hillel Fendel is an author and the senior editor and co-founder of Arutz Sheva’s “Israel National News”. He worked as a teacher and rabbi in the past. Fendel authored a book on prayer entitled One Thing I Ask – published in both Hebrew and English, and containing 180 riddles and questions for readers of all ages, on the traditional Jewish prayers.


One Response to “Contributors to the Book”

  1. Batya said

    On one hand I’m looking forward to reading the book, and on the other hand, no surprise, I wish we could all wake up from the nightmare and discover that it had never happened.

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