In 1946 Canadian born Arthur Goldberg was travelling the world. The letters to his family about the destruction by British troops of Kibbutz Yagur makes fascinating reading. He joined Mahal and in 1950 came to live in Israel where he became one of Israel’s tourism pioneers.

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ARTHUR GOLDBERGS LETTERS
Category: Israel
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Zipporah Porath was a student living in Jerusalem when it was bombed in February 1948. She describes the chaos and devastation caused by the bombing and then describes the various areas of the city.

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148-BEN YEHUDA STREET BOMBED
Category: Israel
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In the 1940s the Jewish National Fund in Britain had an annual publication called Moledet. Aimed at Jewish children, it had varied articles including information about life in Israel, immigration, the fledgling Israel Defense Force and Jewish festivals.

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MOLEDET
Category: Israel
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When Mahal was disbanded in 1949 Josie Slain joined a group that established the settlement of Beth Chever – an area now part of north Tel Aviv. His account of meetings and decisions made at that time make interesting reading.

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ON MY WAY-CHAPTER 3
Category: Israel
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Brian Braude – an experienced traveler – visited Bolivia and Peru with his family. Built inside an enormous crater, La Paz offered museums, churches and markets of a large busy city. A 3-day jeep trip through salt flats, a volcanic-strewn desert and then on to a trip down an old silver mine gave them many varied experiences.

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BOLIVIA
Category: Travel
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Darwin researched his evolution of the species in the Galapagos Islands. Motie Zaslow describes his visit to small islands that make up this nature reserve. Travelling in special small boats the group saw many interesting and rare species including giant turtles, penguins, lizards, sea lions and a great variety of birds.

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THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Category: Travel
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Kehillat Yozma, the Progressive Community in Modiin, is nearly as old as the city itself. With two full time rabbis, pre-school classes, an adult Beit Midrash, it is a very active community that also sponsors community projects. It acts as an extended family for many of its members.

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KEHILLAT YOZMA
Category: Towns
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Built on land purchased by the Rothschilds, Caesarea is uniquely run by a charitable foundation. Archeological finds and the Ralli Museum are found amongst the many beautiful private homes in the area.

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MODERN CAESAREA
Category: Towns
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The Ethiopian National Project was launched in 2004 to provide educational and social assistance to Ethiopian Israeli teenagers. Outreach centers, leadership courses, workshops and pre-army courses are some of the schemes that are offered – often in conjunction with other organizations.

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THE ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL PROJECT
Category: Israel
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Having consulted a Chinese herbalist, and a homeopath, would the acupuncturist be able to cure what conventional medicine had also failed to relieve.

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INCURABLE SKEPTIC
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ISSUE 148 - February-March 2009

FROM THE EDITOR

Still in Israel’s 60th year, and still fighting for our existence, this ESRA MAGAZINE cover by the late cartoonist Dosh in his Srulik series, expresses in its very simple way our love and belief in Israel.

CONTRIBUTORS

Steve Kramer
Ilan Shachar
Adele Hunter
Tracey Shipley
Eric Moss
Riva Rubin
Sara Groundland
Frank Elliot Kahn
Juliet Rostowsky
Zipporah Porath
Judith Usiskin
Lydia Aisenberg
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