Helen highly recommends the exhibition at the Israel Museum - Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe. The fascinating exhibition reveals how local habitat strongly influenced Jewish wardrobes. Most of the clothes come from communities from Egypt and Tunisia on the west to Iran and India on the east whereas few garments from Nazi occupied Europe survived the Holocaust.More...
Fascinating review of life, hard for us to imagine, when people lived the truly simple life without comforts. Many questions are raised and Biblical scholar Dr Liora Ravid provides answers referencing traditional Bible stories illustrating the differences in cultural and familial values between biblical times and today.More...
"Together for a better tomorrow". Brenda reports on the ESRA Annual General Meeting. She lists the many thriving ESRA projects, extends a heartfelt "thank you" to all the dedicated volunteers who worked so hard during the year and looks forward to the coming year with confidence.More...
Cynthia Barmor returns from a visit to the “old country” and reports that the news is both bad and good. She compares the clean and efficient Cape Town with the grimy and grim Johannesburg, where corruption is rife and blatant and the daily toll of murders numbers in its tens. Good news: Soweto, once a crime-ridden township near Johannesburg has flowered into an up-scale suburb, with malls, supermarkets, homes and gardens.More...
The Nitzan Visitor’s Center tells the history of Gush Katif, the disputed area of the Gaza Strip that was taken in the Six-DayWar and vacated by the Sharon government in 2005. Marsha Stein takes a look at what happened to the settlers who left their homes.More...
Not your grandmother’s kibbutz, writes Carol Novis. She delves into the kibbutz’s past, and her story reflects a growing, prosperous kibbutz near the sea. Herman and Daphna Musikanth are two South Africans who joined in 1978. “It is Utopia”, says Herman. Supporting these words is the fact that about 90% of the kibbutz children return to live there.More...
The Israel National Trail is 1000 kilometers long and runs from the Dan Nature Reserve in the north to Eilat in the south, without crossing the green line. It is enjoyed by hikers, cyclists and jeep travelers. Nancy Tamir recounts its historyMore...
A short description of the specialized and multidisciplinary clinic for children suffering from degenerative muscular diseases, which opened at the Schneider Childrens Medical Center in Petah Tikva. Two charitable organizations, the SMA Families Israel and Meshi collaborated in establishing the clinic.More...
It’s a fascinating place, but hardly a birthday present! Definitely not Addis, with its poverty. However, says Mike Porter, we saw tremendous plateaus, ancient farms and buildings, castles and citadels built in the 16th century, and beautiful Lake Tana and its islands of monasteries – not to mention the churches of Lalibela, hewn out of solid rock in the 13th century.More...
An interesting tidbit of history in the form of a translation of the writer Dr. Yossi Beilin's account published in 2013 about Hebrew becoming the dominant language in pre-State Israel. It includes a reference to EZRA, an organization set up in Europe in 1901, and a response by Dr. Avshalom Kor.More...
FROM THE EDITOR
An exciting art contest and challenge for children - our next magazine cover will be the winning drawing on one of the high holidays. So please encourage your children/grandchildren to go for it, and we look forward to their works of art.
Second hand shops intrigue buyers.
For the summer and holiday months, there are attractive ideas of places to visit or hike in, museums and exhibitions to see. Join our outings – 3 days in the Galilee, a visit to Jerusalem and the National Library, or northwards to the Bee Farm. Read the articles on Maagan Michael, the Dead Sea, the Israel Trail, the Gush Katif Visitors Center, the Medicks Machal Room, Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe at the Israel Museum and exhibitions of the artists Steffa Reiss (Herzliya Pituach) and Anat Agami (Raanana). If you like musicals, go to a performance of Unforgettable – it’s great.
Those of you wanting to go overseas, read our articles on Ethiopia, South Africa, the fascinating half a mile mural of America’s history on a wall in Los Angeles, and Manchester, a surprising city.
For younger families in Rishon, see our pages on family activities organized by ENG – ESRA New Generation.
Are you looking to volunteer? You can make a difference by tutoring English in ESRA’s national program in schools, or volunteering in our shops which welcome regular volunteers. Sar El is an attractive volunteer job and way to help the Israel army, or the Temple Mount excavations if you want to be part of digging up Israel’s history.
Do you want to improve your conversational Hebrew and become friends with an Israeli family? Our Lets Talk program recently launched in Raanana, and also running in Jerusalem and Modiin, is a novel way for you to do so.
For stimulating lectures starting in the Fall, register now for ESRA’s Raanana College, our lectures in Netanya and the wonderful series of visits to Tel Aviv Museum.
Plenty more to read…about writing books, preserving words, being the daughter of an English teacher, an organization called Ezra (not ESRA); the moving story on The Shawl which won 3rd place in our short story competition. On a personal level: read about ESRA’s counseling service for those of you who need a listening ear on any subject; divorcees will identify with the article on the problems of women whose husbands divorced them; or insomnia waking you at 3am; and the art of making lists to avoid being listless.
Enjoy the summer,
- life's journey – exploring relationships, resolving conflicts. a review
- nutty fruit-dining out
- the warsaw ghetto uprising
- the hare with amber eyes: a hidden inheritance - a review
- checking in not out
- the strawberry woman
- beyond the fringe: jewish symbols and secrets - a review
- chanukah 5769 – judaism and greek culture
- children without shadows
- do i have to live with bad breath?