Terry Morris describes the Yom Yerushalayim commemoration ceremony for an estimated 4,000 Ethiopian Jews who perished on their difficult journey in the desperate attempt to reach the Land of Israel.

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An alternative perspective on Jerusalem Day
Category: People
Issue No. 175
 

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

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

At the age of 71 Fatma Haj joined a basket-weaving course at Sindyanna of Galilee Visitors and Workshop Center in Kufr Manda, and liked it so much she continues work at home. “There’s only my husband and me at home now" she says so she has time for her new activities. Fatma Haj has six children and 16 grandchildren. The Center in Kfar Manda has both Jewish and Arab members.

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There’s no time for idle gossip as Fatmah gets weaving . . .
Category: People
Issue No. 175
 

Sharon Farber is an award-winning classical composer, musician, conductor and writer of film music. During a recent visit to Israel Ms. Farber took a moment from her busy schedule to tell us what she does, how she does it, and where her talent comes from.

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The lady knows the score
Category: People
Issue No. 174
 

Yet another excellent outing organized by Cecily Hanson. The full day trip included Moshav Nevatim and its Cochin synagogue with interesting historical information. Next was the Kalisher Community Garden to learn about the activities in the garden and the Absorption Center. Proceeds from the event went to Neve ESRA, a care center for at-risk children in Modiin.

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On the edge of the Negev stands a small shul with an enormous past
Category: People
Issue No. 174
 

Seeking to make changes in her professional life, Sharon Bennet began volunteering for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR-Israel).  The services include medical treatment and aim to assist, amongst others, asylum seekers, foreign workers and their families who are without insurance. Sharon soon became the director of this clinic that makes such a valuable contribution to society.

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Providing health care for those without legal status
Category: People
Issue No. 174
 

A moving tribute to a dearly loved mother. A special person who filled her life with numerous activities, including volunteering for ESRA. An energetic, vivacious and caring role model, she will be sadly missed and never forgotten.

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Marigold Bergman 1932-2014
Category: People
Issue No. 174
 

A devoted family man and keen sportsman who, together with his wife Adele, was a long term volunteer for ESRA. David's warm personality and sense of humor will long remain with all who had the privilege to know him. May he rest in peace.

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David Isaac Margolis 1928-2014
Category: People
Issue No. 174
 

Max Stous, a former mayor of Sandton, was privileged to meet Nelson Mandela on several occasions. In spite of Mandelas ties to the PLO and other Arab institutions, he had a unique relationship with the Jewish community in SA. Many of the professional people who attended him – doctors and lawers - were Jewish, he spoke at Jewish gatherings and referred to Rabbi Harris as his personal Rabbi. Max also had the pleasure of sitting next to Mr Mandela at a Jewish wedding and explaining what was going on under the chuppa.

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The day I sat next to Nelson Mandela at a Jewish wedding
Category: People
Issue No. 173
 

One of the less well-known attributes of Nelson Mandela was his great love of children. A newspaper clipping recalls an unforgettable moment in February 1990.

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While Crowd Waits, Mandela Plays With Babies
Category: People
Issue No. 173
 
 
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