Helen Schary Motro

Helen Schary Motro is author of Maneuvering between the Headlines: An American Lives through the Intifada (Other Press, New York 2005). An American lawyer living in Israel for 20 years with her family as well as part of each year in her native New York, Motro began her second career as a writer during the Gulf War in 1991. Motros commentary articles are published frequently in the major American and international press including The New York Times, Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune. A columnist for the Jerusalem Post from 1998 to 2002, Motro is recipient of the Common Ground Award for Journalism in the Middle East. Her poetry and fiction appear in literary magazines and anthologies. Motro holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the New York University School of Law. Helen is a member of the New York and Israel bars.

Following on the 2007 exhibition at Yad Vashem highlighting the experiences of women in the Holocaust this book has been compiled of these stories of individual women’s’ amazing reactions to the horrors that they were experiencing.

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Spotlight: Women in the Holocaust - A Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 145
 

We have many beautiful birds resident in this country, and with the great variety of migrating birds that visit our shores we live in an avian wonderland. Choosing a bird as our national emblem was not an easy task, but with the help of Internet voters the hoopoe was elected.

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As doves and hawks vie, Israel picks a national bird
Category: Israel
Issue No. 145
 

Thanks to ESRA’s support teenagers with cerebral palsy have a place of their own that welcomes them, and a group of friends that waits to meet with them every week. For the last ten years ESRA has sponsored this special social club in the community center of Kfar Shmaryahu. Like its other good works, ESRA maintains this club quietly, steadfastly, without fanfare, and largely without publicity.

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A PLACE OF THEIR OWN
Category: Community
Issue No. 156
 

Cynthia and Raymon Selwyn question why Marc Chagall's family chose to bury him in a Christian cemetery and Helen Schary Motro provides a possible answer

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Why did Chagall choose to be buried in a Christian cemetery?
Category: Arts
Issue No. 173
 

Held every spring at Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque, DocAviv is the country’s premier film festival, screening professional films from Israel and dozens of other countries. Helen Schary Motro describes were some of the stunning student films this year

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Movie makers who are heading for big screen success
Category: Arts
Issue No. 170
 

With Last Stop, Shula Spiegel Productions and Dana Eden have produced an Israeli film masterpiece. The "new" Tel-Aviv central bus station is used as a metaphor for describing Tel-Aviv's underbelly and presents a disturbing picture of a city in transition

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Life in the city’s underbelly - A Film Review
Category: Arts
Issue No. 175
 

Forget about sweating and groaning as you struggle to get that perfect figure in your gym class. The big news now is that aqua gym has become one of the best ways to keep cool and fit at the same time. Exercising in water will tone your muscles and give you a great workout.

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AQUA GYM BLOSSOMS IN ISRAEL
Category: Sports
Issue No. 156
 

A wonderful tribute written by Helen Schary Motro for Shelley Tiber who succumbed to cancer this year. This is a tribute to a vibrant, remarkable, energetic enthusiastic, positive lady of valour and courage

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MAKING THE WORLD SPECIAL  SHELLEY TIBER  1946-2010
Category: People
Issue No. 157
 

Paul Kohn spoke about his life to an ESRA group in Herzliya. Born in Austria, Paul was eight years old when he left his parents – one of the Kindertransport children sent to Britain. With another Kindertransport boy, Paul was adopted by a Pastor and his wife and spent five happy years in the east of England. The boys were treated with great kindness and respect for their religion. In 1949 Paul was reunited with his parents in Israel.

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Bittersweet Memories of the Kindertransport kid
Category: Diaspora
Issue No. 173
 

Aharon Appelfields tale of wartime erotica etched in tragedy “Blooms of Darkness” reviewed by Helen Schary Motro

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BLOOMS OF DARKNESS - A Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 157
 
 
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