An interesting and comprehensive report on a visit to Iceland – a country of hidden beauty, green fields and ancient customs that whets one’s adventuring spirit to experience the surprises awaiting there.More...
During Succot the ESRA midweek hiking group went out for an easy hike on the Carmel. The hikers were impressed by the beautiful Carmel scenery but at the same time were painfully reminded of the fire that struck the area in December 2010.More...
When asked, “Where does God exist?” the Kotzker Rebbe replied, “Wherever you let Him in.” Deborah described how she gradually began to let God into her life, and became one of the baalei teshuva - Jews who turn to embrace Orthodox Judaism. She describes the joy and satisfaction she derives from her religion as well as the struggles and effort she has to make to fill her knowledge gap.More...
There is no limit to what can be achieved by hard work and education as so clearly illustrated by the students of the successful ESRA project in Netanya - Students build a Neighborhood - at the annual exhibition of their work.More...
FROM THE EDITOR
Another year has rolled by, almost without our noticing it. Our life was full of major decisions and happenings – for whom to vote in our national and local elections, changing governments and leaders, major regional changes on our borders, Egypt, Syria, Iran, a visit by the US President, and so much more.
Major world historical events are featured in this issue: 75 years ago was Kristallnacht and you can read one woman’s story of survival, making a family life and turning adversity into creativity by founding Enosh, an organization for people with emotional problems; 50 years ago President John Kennedy was murdered and some of our writers have recorded their memories as youth of this tragic event (…). Natal – the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terrors and War - was founded post-Oslo 1998 to help those afflicted and in the hope that there would be no more wars and terror…
Do you remember reading the story in our last issue by one of our writers on how she met Cliff Richards when he visited her school in the UK and then again this year she met the knight at the Nazareth tennis center for Arabs and Jews which he supports? Well in this issue one of our writers recalls his unbelievable moment of fame on television with David Frost.
You can read about the healing properties of the Moringa tree; more memories on our Golden Age Club which recently closed; being hooked on hardcopy books and bookmarks; the never-ending need to update your smart phones; the store reminiscent of the legend of Aladdin; the Polish pianists, Chopin and Rubinstein who were poles apart but paired in this story; feelings of distance and identity at a 2nd Generation German-Israeli Holocaust conference; how a new immigrant from the US became orthodox; the rise in popularity of book clubs and how you book clubbers can enjoy the development of new internet resources to stimulate conversation around a book; a 7-year old Israeli chess genius; a helpful way to make painting your pastime; a bubbling beer bar in Shuk HaCarmel.
There is a helpful article for those contemplating divorce. And our ESRArts pages give you wonderful ideas for exhibitions to visit, even Chagall in New York, theater and musicals to revel in, films, books to read. Want to tax your bridge brains? Bake cookies?
Too many people we know have passed away recently, but reading about them in their obituaries brings them and their achievements and personalities to life.
- life's journey – exploring relationships, resolving conflicts. a review
- nutty fruit-dining out
- children without shadows
- do i have to live with bad breath?
- schneider children's medical center not just any hospital
- the strawberry woman
- checking in not out
- the hare with amber eyes: a hidden inheritance - a review
- stop driving before it is too late
- ladies whose aim is to dispel those sad tales