A brief but fascinating history of the early days of the Israel Railway system. Robin Froumin maps the slow start from the time when the first train from Jaffa arrived in Jerusalem in August 1892, the days of the famous Rakevet Ha’emek (The Valley Railway), and the laying of the coastal line from Tel-Aviv to Haifa.More...
Israel's veteran English-speaking musical theater company, The Light Opera Group of the Negev (LOGON), becomes more somber this upcoming season with its staging of the musical drama, Man of La Mancha.More...
Max Stous, a former mayor of Sandton, was privileged to meet Nelson Mandela on several occasions. In spite of Mandelas ties to the PLO and other Arab institutions, he had a unique relationship with the Jewish community in SA. Many of the professional people who attended him – doctors and lawers - were Jewish, he spoke at Jewish gatherings and referred to Rabbi Harris as his personal Rabbi. Max also had the pleasure of sitting next to Mr Mandela at a Jewish wedding and explaining what was going on under the chuppa.More...
The Jewish Community along with the South African white population were apprehensive when Mandela came to power. Would he really live up to his words – unification and reconciliation? He did this and more with his wisdom, humanity and kindness. Jackie Klein was visiting South Africa at the time of his death and witnessed the outpourings of love for him from the local communities and from people all over the world .More...
The winner of ESRA’s 2013 short story competition, A Fateful Moment, Michael Greenberg reminisces about his Aunt Sari. Brought up in the USA, Greenberg’s Auntie Sari was a colorful exotic lady who visited his family regularly from India. Not encouraged by his mother, Aunt Sari cooked exotic dishes and Michael would help her and listen to her fascinating stories of distant places.More...
Pamela Peled and her family wanted a lasting memory to her late husband Martin. He was a kind and generous man, a volunteer and a hands on person. So “Martins’s Men” was founded. A group of 12th grade students at Ort Kfar Saba, from underprivileged families, are being taught painting skills for renovation work. Tambour donated the paints and a local DIY store is providing tools and equipment. New ideas are abounding as to how to broaden the project – maybe it will become nationwideMore...
FROM THE EDITOR
As I read the articles in this issue on Nelson Mandela, I couldn’t but dream that the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority would have the vision, courage and cooperative spirit that Mandela and de Klerk had, daring to change history.
There are some fascinating stories in the pages ahead of you – the isolated Hanuno’o tribe in the Philippines and a clandestine visit to a ‘family of ghosts’ http://esra-magazine.com/blog/post/land-time-forgot; memories of Indian Auntie Sari (the winning story in our contest A Fateful Moment); the hidden treasures in the Cairo Geniza in London bringing history alive; witnessing a moment of atonement on a mountain in India; the history of Israel’s railways; brilliant nano-technology by a Technion professor; Lod a city in transformation at last attracting young families; the founding of the Montefiore Winery by descendants of Moses M.
Exciting ESRA items…two new branches, in Givatayim/Ramat Gan and Haifa, and for younger people - ESRA New Generation in Rishon; the birth of a volunteer community project for disadvantaged youth in Kfar Saba – Martin’s Men; and an inviting new venue for ESRA’s bookshop in Binyamina.
Some great ideas of where to visit and what to do: a digitalized challenging hide and seek pastime - geocaching; delving into the world of pirates at a speciality museum in Haifa; reveling in the beauty and sounds of the migrating tweeters in the Galilee, depicted by the cranes on our cover; Israel’s Silicon valley in the Arava; Shivta at the end of the world; and of course on everybody’s agenda – China. If you can’t go overseas, read how one of our writers ‘travels abroad’ to Raanana to enjoy the pleasures it offers.
Our health, mental and physical and the combination, give us the energy to work and play. Read our articles on buzzing improving physical problems; emotional wellbeing; admiring your whole self in the mirror; strengthening your being with judo as did a woman who had lived a life of substance and physical abuse; agonizing in a new status of widowhood.
People are remarkable and we have featured three of them: well-known Dry Bones whose cartoons have entertained us for 40 years and whose latest oeuvre is a fun Haggadah; a Kindertransport survivor, sheltered in England during the war years by a Reverend of a church, who then made his life in Israel; and a kibbutz historian and storyteller, an admirable example of ‘Eretz Yisrael Hayaffa’.
Enjoy stimulating reading, challenging bridge and crossword puzzle, and some good jokes.
- life's journey – exploring relationships, resolving conflicts. a review
- nutty fruit-dining out
- children without shadows
- checking in not out
- do i have to live with bad breath?
- ladies whose aim is to dispel those sad tales
- beyond the fringe: jewish symbols and secrets - a review
- the strawberry woman
- schneider children's medical center not just any hospital
- the hare with amber eyes: a hidden inheritance - a review