The team behind Unpacked

Noam Weissman, Executive Vice President

Jewish educator, with a background in educational psychology, strange obsession with producing curricula, comparing the best kosher pizzas out there (yes, there are some) and assuring there is always a dip next to his food, and of course, using the word “nuanced.” Noam ran a high school, founded a curriculum company, is the head of OpenDor Media’s content, but is most proud of his mediocre high school basketball career. And, of course he loves his family.

Sara Himeles, Editor in Chief

Sara is editor in chief at Unpacked. She also writes the popular weekly newsletter on Jewish and Israeli current events, “The Weekly” and guides to the Jewish holidays. Sara has written and edited content for U.S. politicians, fashion magazines and tech startups, and she now combines her passions for Judaism, communications and writing.

Shaked Karabelnicoff, Writer & Content Creator

Shaked is a writer and content creator, best known as the face of Unpacked’s Tik Tok account. She believes that everything is a story and pop culture is equally important as breaking news. Shaked studied Journalism and Religion at Carleton University in Ottawa.


Rivky Stern, Head of Podcasts

Rivky spends her days listening to podcasts, thinking about podcasts, writing about podcasts, and discussing podcasts. When her phone is finally taken away from her, she enjoys hitting her Fitbit step goals, making elaborate breakfasts, and scrolling through the AITA Reddit forum.

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Abigail Ellis, Social Media Manager

Abigail has spent the last 10 years collecting experience in all sorts of industries, from education to hi tech to nonprofit, in an effort to “find her passion.” In her off time, you’ll likely find Abigail captivating audiences onstage, attempting the newest baking trend or possibly working on her latest obsessive hobby of the week.


Jeff Handel, Head of Video

Jeff is an award-winning filmmaker with over 15 years of experience producing content ranging from commercials and documentaries to feature films exhibited at Sundance & Tribeca. When he isn’t crafting his next story to tell, he spends his free time mastering the art of fermentation (kvass, sauerkraut, kombucha, you name it). He is incredibly excited to continue building the vision of Israel and Jewish edu-tainment at Unpacked.


Baruch Goldberg, Video Editor

Baruch began his career in theater, in a circle of idealistic dreamers looking to make the world a better place (and have some fun). He’s worked on most of Open Dor Media’s documentaries, and prior to that helped an artist create a family of plush characters designed to empower children. Baruch arrived in Israel many years ago for a brief visit following a detour through Syria and Jordan. And he’s still there.

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