The third child of Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, More...
FROM THE EDITOR
Life is uncanny. As Israel’s security, democracy and integrity are at stake, as our close friends and outstanding volunteers pass away, life goes on … and we live it as best we can. More...
Remarkable courage, determination and positivity are shown by a young man with incurable cancer fighting for his life, “Optimism is my opium”, he says, “I am my curer”; by a teenager with cerebral palsy who sings: “So what if I am tied to the ground by four wheels, I am not disabled, I am a racing driver…”; by a blind bowler teaching a sighted mayor to play bowls; by an Arab medical student at H.U teaching student doctors to speak Arabic and understand the Arabic culture so that they become better and more understanding doctors; by an octogenarian moving from a big home to a small apartment, undergoing a back operation, and falling around as she slowly struggles to regain her mobility.
As our Jewish past and persecution continue to haunt us, we constantly uncover personal and Jewish history though people and stories that demonstrate courage and a strong will to live. November was the month of Kristallnacht and the subsequent Kindertransport. Read about Aron Grunhut, the ‘Forgotten Schindler’, who saved thousands of Jews; students at AIS who won an international prize for their project on Holocaust survivor, Pavel Weiner who kept a diary of his childhood in the Terezin ghetto; a secret meeting of Jews in London in 1938 when they conceived the idea of the Kindertransport, thus saving thousands of Jewish children from the Holocaust; the discovery through a photo album of an unknown uncle who perished as a child in the Holocaust whilst his sister alone was chosen for the Kindertransport; a nonagenarian who as a child witnessed Kristallnacht, received a medal for bravery in England, made aliyah and still has a weekly program on Israel radio; a Jewish American baseball player who was a spy for the U.S.
Operation Protective Edge has brought in its wake visits to the Gaza settlements and to Sderot; the birth of a new international television station in Israel, i24 to counter biased reporting (our cover story); and a moving act of kindness of a quilt made for a wounded soldier.
Travel is a tonic. Read about tempting trips with wonderful photos to the Seychelles, Russia, America, and locally to the Salad Trail, also a hike for the energetic to the Golan.
ESRA is remarkably active and offers you stimulating lectures in Jerusalem, Netanya, Raanana, Tel Aviv, the Five Towns, the North Coast, with Tel Aviv Museum, 3-day trips to Eilat and the Dead Sea, hikes , outings, bridge, mahjongg, scrabble, knitting circles, Zumba, folk dancing; and watch out for the activities of our new branches in Givatayim and Ramat Aviv.
For a rare pleasure, buy tickets for Encore’s Annie Get Your Gun, Logon’s Fiddler on the Roof and ESRA’s fundraiser The Beatles. Read about dynamic community projects and cultural events and join our ranks of volunteers.Close
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