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FROM THE EDITOR
Two ESRA musts in the next few months where we hope to see you – our first ever ESRA conference where you can voice your views and learn about all we do. And our ESRA Annual General Meeting.
Our cover, Out of Egypt, features an amulet of an Egyptian goddess found at Tell el-Ajjul in the Gaza strip. It is one of the magnificent pieces of gold jewelry on display at two exhibitions well worth a visit at the Israel Museum – Pharoah in Canaan and Allure of the Sphinx – More...
It is a period of remembering – Pesach, Holocaust Day, Memorial Day for our fallen soldiers. This magazine, like all its issues, brings stories by our readers of their ways of not forgetting. Lydia Aisenberg visits a permanent exhibit of a Holocaust memorabilia and personal stories of Berlin Jews in the Berlin-Schoneberg town hall; Inge David takes her grandson ‘to see the Germany of my past’; Shlomo Liberman tells the story of how a Swedish plan saved war Jews; Anton Felton reveals the forgery of British stamps by the Nazis; Carol Novis writes about the tremendous efforts of Brit Ha’avoda to keep Yiddish and its culture alive.
Yes, Israel is plagued with problems but rather than feel weighted down read Rabbi Lipman’s uplifting Yom Ha’Atzmaut’s message and the stories of new immigrants who are passionate about Israel – the Silbers almost in their 90s, the Olivers and their young family, Bonah Bachenheimer celebrating her second Aliyah-versary. Also inspiring is the story of Ishmael Khaled, Israel’s Bedouin diplomat who fights the BDS with courage and wisdom. Israel’s achievements too are inspiring albeit not redeeming for its faults – read how robots are milking cows and monitoring their well-being; visit the Shafdan Plant of Igudan where people come from all over the world to learn from Israel about wastewater treatment; don’t miss the breathtaking flowers of the Negev; spend a few days at Elma Hotel in Zichron to enjoy the art, the music and the scintillating views or in the Negev and visit the Joe Alon Museum depicting Bedouin culture, the Avdat National Park and more.
Hadassa Fidler enlightens us on how to handle sibling rivalry, and Claire Rabin reveals that we all have multiple personalities; Sarice Holley describes the lessons we can learn from rugby; Pamela Peled’s story about Nadav Levi, a wheelchair champion bowler, makes us realize that with determination and hard work we can conquer almost anything.
Volunteering is at the heart and soul of ESRA. Peruse the multifarious activities in our Events pages which are all organized by volunteers, or read the articles about lectures, activities, trips, community projects. And if you are at crossroads, just retired, or bored, or widowed – call us at ESRA to help you find your niche in volunteering. We have a new column in the magazine, Volunteer Vibes, which will feature a project or volunteer in each issue.
Have a sweet and happy Passover.Close
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