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.

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Recalling the way we wear
Category: Arts
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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.

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Finding answers to the Bible questions which have puzzled generations of us - A Book Review
Category: Literature
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"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.

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CHAIRPERSONS MESSAGE
Category: ESRA News
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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.

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Sign of the times - There’s a real sense of freedom in the new South Africa, but corruption is rife
Category: Travel
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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.

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Whatever happened to Gush Katif?
Category: Israel
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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.

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Kibbutz life today: Is it so different?
Category: Towns
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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 history

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Trail that covers the country
Category: Israel
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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.

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One of a kind Neuromuscular clinic opens
Category: Health
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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.

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Travels in a land of tranquility and dirty money
Category: Travel
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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.

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What’s in a name – or in a language?
Category: Israel
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FROM THE EDITOR

Merle Guttmann

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.

CONTRIBUTORS

Phyllis Bloch
Marsha Stein
Jennia Ganit Chodorov
Sharona Glaser Ben Avraham
Brenda Katten
Carol Novis
Amy Avgar
Anthony Green
Juliet Rostowsky
Mike Porter
Naomi Ariel
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