Brenda reports on the strategic planning that the ESRA organisation is doing. She says that we're taking a look at every aspect of ESRA ... our strengths and weaknesses. She also re-confirms that as "the lucky ones" we have the freedom to live and to give in the State of Israel.

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Chairpersons message - We are the lucky ones
Category: ESRA News
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Yet another excellent outing organized by Cecily Hanson. The full day trip included Moshav Nevatim and its Cochin synagogue with interesting historical information. Next was the Kalisher Community Garden to learn about the activities in the garden and the Absorption Center. Proceeds from the event went to Neve ESRA, a care center for at-risk children in Modiin.

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On the edge of the Negev stands a small shul with an enormous past
Category: People
Issue No. 174
 

Sharon Farber is an award-winning classical composer, musician, conductor and writer of film music. During a recent visit to Israel Ms. Farber took a moment from her busy schedule to tell us what she does, how she does it, and where her talent comes from.

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The lady knows the score
Category: People
Issue No. 174
 

In order for you to know how the ESRA Magazine website works and what a store of information and interest there is to be found on the site, here is some basic information, with tips and suggestions that will give you a more in-depth understanding of what you can find on http://esra-magazine.com/

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ESRA Magazine: Now a page-turner on the web
Category: ESRA News
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Odelia Shpitalani’s parents could not afford extra lessons for her, but instilled in her the need for learning. Married and with her family grown up, she and a few of her friends offered help with English to pupils at a local school. From this small beginning PUSH was born and has grown into a nation wide organization working in schools all around the country.

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One, two, three – PUSH
Category: Education
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Seeking to make changes in her professional life, Sharon Bennet began volunteering for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR-Israel).  The services include medical treatment and aim to assist, amongst others, asylum seekers, foreign workers and their families who are without insurance. Sharon soon became the director of this clinic that makes such a valuable contribution to society.

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Providing health care for those without legal status
Category: People
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A New Way is a non-profit organization that works to build bonds between Jews and Arabs. Michelle describes a get-together arranged by the organization between Bedouin school children and thier Ramat Gan counterparts and shows how this can help each group to understand each other.

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So easy to pin blame on the ‘others’
Category: Education
Issue No. 174
 

Zachary Taylor fondly remembers the time he and his wife spent living in Tel-Aviv as a post-doctoral fellow at the the School of Mechanical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Without any familial or religious connection to Israel, Zachary and his wife, Lisa learned to love the "wonderful people, culture and landscapes that we encountered while exploring, living and working in Israel." .

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Memories that will give us ‘cold comfort’ now we’re back in Canada
Category: Features
Issue No. 174
 

During this time of year when our attention is drawn towards the telling of the story of our Exodus. Sara is reminded of her parents, both storytellers, who were “telling” the same story - the story of survival.

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Seder Night will remind me of my parents – the two great storytellers in my life . . .
Category: Features
Issue No. 174
 

Lydia describes a visit to East Barta’a, a town on the West Bank just in Area B and under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority. Many Israelis and Palestinians do their shopping in this town where goods from scrap metal, building materials, furniture, clothing etc. are for sale. She also visited a charcoal-packing business where Egyptian charcoal is being packaged to be sold in Israel. Lydia explains some of the problems and complications of life on that side of the green line.

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Egyptian charcoal for sale in Israel
Category: Features
Issue No. 174
 
 

FROM THE EDITOR

Merle Guttmann

No matter what my mood is, or what hassles I am having, the dazzling yellows in our countryside along the roadsides, make me purr with happiness and color my life. I revel in the pure beauty of the flowering Mimosa trees and the wild chrysanthemums. It is Spring which fills us with energy, vim and love for life as we can read in “Season’s greetings”.

CONTRIBUTORS

Brenda Katten
Amy Avgar
Sara Groundland
Reader
Sharon Levisohn
David Rhodes
Lisa Brink
Irving Spitz
Judy Shapiro
Sara Jakobovici
Dr. Pamela Peled
Larry Butchins
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