Esther Tolkin is an M.A. graduate in Social Work with special interest in community work and gerontology. For 22 years she worked as Director of a daycare center for the elderly, and later as a Manager of a homecare company, both in Hadera. Since her retirement, she volunteers at ESRA at Bayit Cham, Netanya and at Beth Hatefutsot, and is an active grandmother to several grandchildren. She was born in Transylvania in 1947, came to Israel with her parents in 1948 and in 1956 travelled to South Africa when her father, Rabbi Engel, accepted a call to go and provide spiritual services to a small country community. She returned to live in Israel in 1978 with husband and children. She lives in Kfar Haroe.
Despite a seriously diminished budget, the at-risk teenage girls at Netanya’s Bayit Cham had a packed year. ESRA tutoring, homework help, a catered Purim karaoke party, new and stylish donated clothes, and a 22-week workshop empowering girls through musicMore...
Ruth Reuven is the consummate ESRA volunteer, by knitting sweaters for kindergartners in Southern Netanya, teaching English, collecting goods for ESRA’s second-hand shops, and inspiring others. ESRA joins Ruth as she celebrates her 101st birthday.More...
Lots of doubts were raised when Yoga was suggested as an ESRA activity. However unlikely it appeared initially, the three sessions of Therapeutic Yoga proved to be a tremendous success for both staff and pupils and will happily be repeated in the next school year.More...
Esther Tolkin reports for ESRAmagazine on a new school year in Kiryat Nordau, Netanya. She describes the Bayit Cham activities that provide after school meals and school help to at-risk teenage girls and lists the exceptional projects that ESRA runs with them.More...
Ruth Reuven came from a Zionistic family in England where she learnt the values of giving and doing good. Now at the age of 99 she still continues to teach, knit for the needy, collect items for ESRA’s shop. A remarkable lady whose motto is “To live not only for yourself but also for others”.More...
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