The magical experience of sharing the wonder of the bi-annual bird migration that pauses in the Hula valley for our appreciation.

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THE SOUND OF SILENCE
Category: Israel
Issue No. 158
 

The only memorial to non Druze or Bedouin Muslim Arab Israeli soldiers is found near the village of Arara close to Umm al-Fahm in the North. Built by Youssef Jujah, the father of one of the fallen soldiers, he talks of his loss and his philosophy with much poignancy.

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE IN WADI ARA
Category: Israel
Issue No. 158
 

A heart rending and honest account of a father’s thoughts and emotions as he sends his son off to the army.

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FATHERS DO CRY
Category: Israel
Issue No. 158
 

One of the first settlers on the Golan Heights after the Six-Day War of 1967, Ramona Bar-Lev is a passionate and dedicated activist on behalf of the Golan residents. Lydia Aisenberg describes Ramona's life and dreams in Qatzrin, the main town on the Golan Heights and her and her husband's determination never to give up this very strategic area.

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“WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED,” SAYS RAMONA BAR-LEV, QATZRIN
Category: Israel
Issue No. 158
 

As part of the centenary celebrations of the Kibbutz movements ex volunteers are invited to reconnect and join in the festivities in June 2011. Today only a handful of Kibbutzim accept volunteers from abroad but since the 1960’s thousands of volunteers have worked on the 270 kibbutzim in the movement. Many remained here and became Israeli citizens but most only stayed temporarily and returned to their own countries having had positive experiences to take home with them Contact the KPC website to join the celebrations.

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EX-VOLUNTEERS-KIBBUTZ MOVEMENT WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU
Category: Israel
Issue No. 157
 

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
 

Susan de la Fuente writes about an ESRA hike to the Ashdod area in Israel’s southern lowlands where the early spring flowers were in bloom. The area has many biblical connections, archeological sites and geographical features .The focus of the tiull was Tel Tsafit the ancient biblical Philistine city, where David overcame Goliath

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THE PAST BENEATH OUR FEET
Category: Israel
Issue No. 157
 

A recent trip to the Ramat Hanadiv gardens planted as a tribute to the Rothschild’s takes us through some of the special areas of the gardens and stimulates our interest in the ongoing pleasure of revisiting this interesting horticultural treasure.

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A VISIT TO THE BEAUTIFUL RAMAT HANADIV NATURE PARK
Category: Israel
Issue No. 157
 

How has our society been able to change so much, and bureaucracy overtake so many things? Through Mr. Common Sense, Norman Rubin reminds us how our standards have changed and how so many ways of behaviour have deteriorated and become the accepted norm.

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A FINAL TRIBUTE TO MISTER COMMON SENSE
Category: Israel
Issue No. 157
 

Jill Sadowsky regales us with her experience when she saw a snake in her kitchen. Petrified, she called her kids who explained that the snake, Ollie, was harmless. Ollie was a hognose snake that liked to “perform” by playing dead. Later, at a job interview, this information helped her impress the head of the Biology department and got her the job as P.R. assistant. Her amusing account won her honorable mention in ESRA’s literary competition.

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A SNAKE IN THE HOUSE
Category: Israel
Issue No. 156
 
 
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