Cynthia Barmor returns from a visit to the “old country” and reports that the news is both bad and good. She compares the clean and efficient Cape Town with the grimy and grim Johannesburg, where corruption is rife and blatant and the daily toll of murders numbers in its tens. Good news: Soweto, once a crime-ridden township near Johannesburg has flowered into an up-scale suburb, with malls, supermarkets, homes and gardens.

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Sign of the times - There’s a real sense of freedom in the new South Africa, but corruption is rife
Category: Travel
Issue No. 175
 

It’s a fascinating place, but hardly a birthday present! Definitely not Addis, with its poverty. However, says Mike Porter, we saw tremendous plateaus, ancient farms and buildings, castles and citadels built in the 16th century, and beautiful Lake Tana and its islands of monasteries – not to mention the churches of Lalibela, hewn out of solid rock in the 13th century.

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Travels in a land of tranquility and dirty money
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Issue No. 175
 

The great wall of Los Angeles has perhaps the world’s longest mural, half a mile of history, and a work still in progress. Several hundred people worked on the mural, which reflects revolutionary moments from the earliest days and up to 1984, and includes many Jewish references. “The impact is deep and unforgettable”, says Lydia Aisenberg, who often walked past the wall during her recent stay in the U.S.

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An off-the-wall history lesson in Los Angeles
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Issue No. 175
 

Eli decides to go on a delightful virtual tour of Manchester and takes us round some of the fascinating and unusual sites that the city has to offer. His tour even includes a stay at the grand Midland Hotel and a visit to the Manchester Reform synagogue.

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A trip to Manchester? We’re virtually United on that
Category: Travel
Issue No. 175
 

A “newie” to ESRA, Amy Avgar joins a jam-packed trip down to the Dead Sea, through the Judean Desert. This takes in an observation point over Wadi Kelt, the Kassar Al Yahud baptismal site, with white-robed people still getting “dunked” in the Jordan, the ancient Ein Gedi synagogue. At the hotel, evenings of poetry, cooking, songs and dances. That’s not all – the return trip is through Arad, a stopover at Arik Sharon’s farm, and viewing the murals of Kibbutz Or HaNer. All this in a 4-day trip. Unbelievable!

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Highlights from February’s ESRA trip to the Dead Sea.
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Issue No. 175
 

This relates a memorable trip to Sri Lanka, which means “Prosperity of the Land” and is also known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The travelors enjoyed viewing the massive green vegetation, the huge varieties of spices and fruits and, of course their famous tea.  24 amazing wildlife reserves and a recommended elephant ride are just some of the many attractions - and Israelis are made very welcome.

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Postcard from Sri Lanka
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Issue No. 174
 

Irving describes a highly successful cruise around the Aegean starting in Rome with the very moving 70th memorial of the round-up of the jews of Rome by the Nazis and then visiting a number of fascinating destinations in Italy, and Croatia.

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Cruise ends with stark reminder of Nazi past
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Issue No. 174
 

ESRA had a great day out visiting Kibbutz Ein Shemer and Shuni Park with a visit to the kibbutz museum and the vintage tractor museum. The Shuni Park area is mentioned throughout history, from  Roman times through the British Mandate era and now houses a monument to Etzel, as well as many sensuous sculptures.

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All aboard! Bus takes us for visit to kibbutz tractor museum
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Issue No. 174
 

ESRA had a 3-day trip to the north of Israel to see the migrating birds. At the Hula nature reserve they saw cranes, pelicans and flamingos as well as catfish and turtles in the lake. They also visited Metulla, two observation points, several memorials and other historical places. Two nights were spent at the very comfortable guesthouse at Kibbutz Hagoshrin.

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Spreading our wings to enjoy Galilee
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Issue No. 173
 

The writers had an unforgettable 2-week tour of China. They were captivated by the varied aspects of the country, by the magnificence of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, by the abundance of bright colors and by the history. They heard about the extinct Jewish community and visited the Kaifeng Synagogue. From the modern skyscraper skyline of Shanghai to the primitive toilet facilities and crazy cyclists, they witnessed fascinating sights.

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Vivid China is so full of surprises
Category: Travel
Issue No. 173
 
 
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