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ISSUE 150 - June/August 2009
FROM THE EDITOR
To acknowledge the thirty years of the Esra Magazine, we have designed a cover with 42 of the covers over the years, 31 of which are of Esra projects; brought some brief facts in Spotlight (page 7); reprinted an article from The Jerusalem Post about the magazine which captures its essence even today despite it having been written 18 years ago (page 10) and a personal account of proofing the magazine (page 13). More...
I, too, find it hard to believe that for thirty years we, a team of volunteers, have been publishing the Esra Magazine, regularly five issues a year, amounting to 150 issues. For thirty years I have had the privilege of editing and organizing the production and publication of this magazine, and developing it. Each issue is exciting for me, presenting a new challenge. None of it could happen without the extraordinary very large team of over 400 volunteers who are part of this unique production. You our readers have been staunch supporters, encouraging us to continue and letting us frequently know that you appreciate the magazine and that it helps you in one way or another – Thank you for giving this adrenalin to go on. Thank you too to those writers amongst you who submit your interesting articles. I stand in awe of you, the members of our editorial board, of your involvement in conceiving each issue, of sharing your thoughts and ideas, of writing your wonderful articles, of ensuring and demanding a high standard – you are an amazing team, who helps and cares and supports – Thank you for making the magazine as good as it is. You our proofreaders do as professional a job as those who work for journals on a paid basis and your pertinent comments have frequently guided me on whether to withdraw an article or tone it down. You our office volunteers, come every week, and you are vital to the smooth running of the administration and finances of the magazine, and to the updating of the website – thank you for your hard work and for being you. Then there is a large team of hundreds of distribution-volunteers who organize the distribution, stick on the addresses, hand-deliver the magazines – the significance of your contribution to the magazine is enormous: you save postage on 80% of the magazines – thank you for your energy and your help. You, our advertisers, are an essential part of the production of the Esra Magazine. It is thanks to you that we are able to finance it and cover its costs. To all of you we say thank you for making it possible, and double thanks to those of you, present and past, who have been advertising for long years because it is an effective medium to reach our readers and/or you admire the magazine and want to help it. It is a feat that the magazine has only one sole paid administrator who both administers the magazine and solicits the adverts, doing an excellent job with efficiency, elegance and caring. I am sure that there is no other magazine of the size and quality of ESRA which functions with one employee. We have an outstanding graphic designer who works with professionalism, great intelligence and sensitivity – thank you, it is inspiring working with you. We have worked with the same printers for some 18 years who give us outstanding service and have never once let us down. Close
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