Gidon Levitas 1936-2010

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Gidon came to live in Israel in 1954. He served in Israel army Nachal corps, and was a member of Kibbutz Gonen till 1963. He was a reporter for The Jerusalem Post and later a free lance journalist. Gidon studied social science, social services planning, in Israel and Britain. He was employed by Netanya municipality 1979-99 as an urban renewal community worker in the Ramat Yadin neighborhood. He was a volunteer in ESRA,Telfed, and the Israel Genealogical Society. He wrote mongraphs on the Nachal, community research, family history; contributor to ESRA Magazine since 1988. Gidon resided in Netanya from 1975. He appreciated Jewish heritage, good books, music and humor.

A personal tribute to a great friend, colleague and mentor, Avraham Yahel. This family suffered the tragic loss of a son in a military accident which directed Avraham to lifelong service with the Association for Bereaved Families - Yad LeBanim. An inspiring recollection of the life of this exceptional individual.

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A tribute To Avraham Yahel - friend & mentor
Category: People
Issue No. 142
 

For centuries the Jewish people dreamt of coming home. Gidon Levitas’s family was no exception. Here he tells us about the migration and immigration of his family from Lithuania via South Africa to Israel.

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WHAT ISRAEL MEANS TO ME    HOMECOMING
Category: Israel
Issue No. 146
 

Cecilia Kriss, born in Wales, came to live in Israel with her family in 1971. Eventually settling in Netanya, she became active with ESRA and working for the blind. She initiated fundraising events, organized cultural activities and became a liaison for the association aiding the blind.

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Cecilia Krisss impact and legacy
Category: People
Issue No. 147
 

ESRA’s latest nearly new shop opened in Netanya – Gidon Levitas writes about how it was established and its official opening.

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COUNTDOWN TO E.R.S  ESRAS RESALE SHOP OPENING DAY
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 151
 

Gidon Levitas recalls his first report to the press when he experienced driving through a Sharkia wind which used to regularly tear up the Hula valley a number of times a year. He recalls previous occasions and the devastation caused by this strong wind.

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WHEN THE SHARKIA BLEW THE ROOF OFF OUR SHEEP BARN
Category: Israel
Issue No. 152
 

Shimon Garfinkle applies his considerable computer expertise to collecting discarded, yet still usable, components and re-assembling them to distribute among deserving youngsters. All proceeds are donated to ESRA . Shimon and his wife, Edith, are active volunteers in many ESRA projects in Netanya.

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THE SPIRIT OF ESRA SHIMON AND EDITH GARFINKLE
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 159
 

A generous family trust donation resulted in the acquisition of twelve new computers and screens for the Neot Shaked Center one of the project initiatives supported by ESRA in Netanya

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COMPUTER SKILLS LEARNED AT NEOT SHAKED CENTER
Category: Community
Issue No. 154
 

There's a close link between family heirlooms and history and genealogy. Among a family's most precious possessions, heirlooms tend to symbolize family sagas, enabling us to learn more about our forebears and their stories.

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OUR SILVER CANDLESTICKS AND OTHER FAMILY HEIRLOOMS FROM CIECHANOVIEC IN POLAND
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 155
 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Kibbutz Degania and the Merhavia co-operative village near Afula. It is 80 years since Emek Hefer and Kfar Vitkin were started. We owe a great deal to the pioneers who struggled to develop these areas and set up strongholds for the future of the Jewish State. Gidom Levitas tells us how the Jewish National Fund and Canadian Zionists were involved in the purchasing of the land for these projects.

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ANNIVERSARIES: SONGS OF ISRAELS VALLEYS
Category: Israel
Issue No. 157
 
 
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