FROM THE EDITOR
As I write, it is less than a week since the Paris slaughters, since terrorists once again struck down innocent victims leading a normal life in a democratic country, and ridiculed the very values on which France and its people believe in and practice. What horrific times the world is living through. What brutality.
Will that barbarity change the face of Europe? Will the world always be warring?
Will persecution of the Jews ever stop? We record in this issue, as in every issue, poignant Holocaust stories – “What do you think of Auschwitz?”; a memorial service in Berlin for murdered grandparents initiated and organized by a non-Jewish neighbor. There is a story of the daring escape of teenagers from Bagdad. And the story of the brave Russian refusenik Rabbi Yosef Mendelvich. Captured in fiction is a war incident in England, of how a Jewish teacher of English, Mr Shaabi, saves his non-Jewish young students during a German air-raid by rushing them into a synagogue and praying to G-d to protect these children of Ishmael. There still are pockets of support for Israel by non-Jews - featured in these pages is the Italy Israel association.
For lighter hearted stories read about smuggling shechita carving knives into Cuba; and the smuggling of a shul’s furniture and torah from Denmark into Israel; how our soldiers raided the shekem in an abandoned Jordanian camp; life in Don Draper’s Mad Men world; driving on a steaming summer day in the crazy streets of Tel Aviv; and of course our Humor and Consumer columns.
Health articles include eating fat to make you thin; participating in a triathlon in mid-life; pole walking to relieve dreadful physical pains and improve posture; how crystals can promote your feeling of well-being.
Our human and people stories include Gillian, an immigrant gynecologist who runs a contraception clinic for refugee women; Jean turning 100 and still leading an active, full life; Noga, retiring after 14 years of volunteering in our ESRA club for young people with disabilities; Anette who converted to Judaism and is a guide in Copenhagen. There are obituaries on outstanding individuals – Abe Jaffe, David Teperson, Seth Hoffman, Ziporah Segal.
Have you ever been on an ESRA trip? Read about visiting the Channel 2 TV, or a honey farm. Try out our overnight trips to the music festival in Eilat or to the Negev. Plenty events for you– peruse our Events.
Please buy tickets for our Dudu Fisher fundraiser; send in your raffle tickets and maybe win a prize; consider including ESRA in your will.Close
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