A fertility acupuncturist and older "mum" (she had her first child at 38) Sharon Kastoriano offers advice for women "over 40, and struggling with fertility challenges", as well as tips for younger women. She divides the categories into three age groups – 20, 30 and 40 – and in each age group underscores what to watch for and what to do. "The best way is to be prepared and proactive about your health and fertility".

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How to maintain your fertility until you are ready to become a mother . . .
Category: Health
Issue No. 176
 

Brenda reflects on the difficult time we have all had during the weeks of Operation Protective Edge, and the terrible toll it has taken on the lives of the young soldiers who died so that we could go on living safely. She also reports on ESRA's highly successful campaign to collect donations that were used to provide aide for the soldiers and residents of the south.

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A time to weep . . . and a time to count blessings
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

In the wake of the contamination that tainted Jerusalem’s drinking water supply this summer, Nachum Jacobs set out to find a home drinking water filtration system that would help ensure that his family was always drinking the cleanest water possible. He has fully researched the options for water purification in Israel and come up with some interesting conclusions.

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How Safe is our Water?
Category: Health
Issue No. 176
 

A heartbreaking report of the funeral of a young soldier, killed in Operation Protective Edge.

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A funeral
Category: Israel
Issue No. 176
 

Moshe Kwart has organized bags of support for the people of the south, suffering from the barrage of rockets that hit them during Operation Protective Edge. He describes the truckloads of toys, games, food and equipment that are part of the the tremendous outpouring of generosity and unity shown by the very kind people at ESRA.

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Bags of support
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

A request for awnings for the soldiers for protection from the severe heat was received in the ESRA office during Operation Protective Edge, and a delivery was made to Battalion 405 of coffee kits and shade nets.

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Troops need to take cover – from the severe heat
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

This museum, with free entrance, provides historical details of the early days of Kibbutz Geva and an interesting comparison of the general ease of life for today's members and the true hardships of the pioneer beginners. The many achievements are displayed with pride and include a tribute to long serving nurse, Fania Ram, who died aged 97.

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Guarding the past with an eye to the future
Category: Arts
Issue No. 176
 

A heart-warming description of a thrilling evening for ESRA’s Center for Young Adults with Disabilities. Shiri Maimon, the singer and star, accepted an invitation to come and sing with one of the members of the group. Her warm personality and the young members excitement and pleasure made the evening a huge success.

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A dream comes true for Or as she performs duet with Shiri
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

The author describes the roller-coaster ride that she is experiencing during treatment for a rare type of cancer that she has. She is especially touched by the help and consideration of people that she encounters and has some very valuable advice for those who are suffering a similar experience to hers.

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Like Gloria Steinem, I’ve found my elephant to ride . . . this article is it
Category: Health
Issue No. 176
 

Daniel and his team from the elite 669 rescue unit, is called on to save a pilot who has crashed into the sea. Every second counts as the team fulfills the duty they have been trained to do.

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When an F16I fighter crashes into the sea
Category: Israel
Issue No. 176
 
 

FROM THE EDITOR

Merle Guttmann

These pages were put together in the heights and lulls of Operation Protective Edge.

CONTRIBUTORS

Shirley Hirsch
Rabbi Aryeh A. Frimer
Naomi Ariel
Nachum Jacobs
Jennia Ganit Chodorov
Frankie Cronin
Siri Jones-Rosen
Anthony Green
Pnina  Moed Kass
Barbara Blum
Joan Weisman
Irving Spitz
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