Phyllis Bloch

Phyllis Bloch was born in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at Mills College of Education and received a degree in Early Childhood education. Her Masters degree was from Queens College, majoring in special education with an emphasis on the gifted and talented. In Israel she worked for Israel Television (ITV) in the children's department of Channel 1, selecting cartoons at first and finally produced a program for young children called Marzipan and another program called Sod Camus...and had a wonderful experience. She was also an English teacher for the Israeli Ministry of Education. Phyllis came to live in Israel for the first time in 1976, and again in 1989 when she returned with her family after an extended stay in Washington at the Israeli Embassy where her late husband, Danny, served as the minister for labor affairs. When they settled in Herzliya in the early 1990’s, Phyllis “found ESRA”. At that time a large group of Ethiopian immigrants were brought to the Absorption Center in Kfar Saba. It was there that Phyllis, together with another volunteer, started the ESRA Ethiopian Embroidery Project with the women producing embroidered mezzuzot. The project has expanded into many other products and is still growing...in Phyllis’s words: “for me a true labor of love” Adds Phyllis: “As I look back in the years that have passed, I feel so enriched by the opportunities afforded me. I have served in many different positions in ESRA, have made wonderful friends and feel a sense of pride in the beautiful and unique embroidery that we have helped preserve for the 50 women and men that are part of this project”.  

Highlights from the Journalist’s Conference including a session on the Jewish Media in the Diaspora, and a moving session addressed by the father of Daniel Pearl, the journalist who was brutally murdered.

More...
 
notes on the journalists conference-eilat november 2007
Category: Literature
Issue No. 143
 

accolades-dean-friends

More...
 
Accolades to Dean and Friends
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 147
 

Dr Bookie Chish the deputy mayor of Kfar Saba met members of the Esra Kfar Saba committee to learn about Esra and its current needs. Some of these needs were immediately seen to and the committee are looking forward to continue working with him.

More...
 
Esra Kfar Saba Meets Our New Deputy Mayor
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 150
 

Remembrance of Piers Coleman, a generous provider for items in ESRA’s Second Hand Shop.

More...
 
Piers Coleman-1932- 2012
Category: People
Issue No. 166
 

Recently Elbit Systems asked ESRA to embroider 800 mezzuzot for their new office building opening in Netanya. Elbit wanted Ethiopian embroidery on the mezzuzot because, besides the fact that their embroidery is wonderful, most of the women who clean the building are Ethiopian. Read Phyllis Bloch's account of this endeavor and the pride felt by the cleaners as they saw their embroidery gracing the doorways

More...
 
WHEN ESRA MET ELBIT SYSTEMS
Category: Business/Law
Issue No. 157
 

Home parties are proving successful venues for the sale of beautiful items made by ESRA’S Ethiopian embroidery groups.

More...
 
LATEST HAPPENINGS IN THE EMBROIDERY PROJECT
Category: Community
Issue No. 154
 

Aviva Adanyho, designer of ESRA’s new note cards, spoke to Phyllis Bloch about her early days in Israel. She and her husband, former deputy-mayor of Gondar, live in Netanya. In the Ethiopian tradition, they were married at an early age, and have 7 children (one still in kindergarten) and 3 grandchildren

More...
 
Meet artist Aviva, she’s a woman of some ‘note’
Category: People
Issue No. 175
 

The Ethiopian embroidery project is a huge success. Parties Galore were held to promote these wonderful items held at various private homes in Tel Aviv and Herzliyah. Phyllis Bloch explains how you can participate.

More...
 
Parties galore promote Ethiopian embroidery
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 165
 

Phyllis Bloch writes about volunteer Denise Silverman and the high number of hamsas she has sewn on the colorful towels which are designed and sold through ESRA’s Ethiopian Embroidery project, and make wonderful gifts.

More...
 
500 AND STILL COUNTING...........
Category: People
Issue No. 161
 
 
Script Execution Time: 1408807147.42 seconds-->