Genealogy and tracing roots and journeying back to where families came from is becoming more and more popular. Mordecai Hahn-Markowitz tells us how he set out and found the grave of his great grandfather in the small village of Batyu in the Ukraine. Through the internet, contact and connections can be organised, and even from the smaller communities information is now available on-line.

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MY JOURNEY TO BATJU  SEPTEMBER 4-8, 2009
Category: Diaspora
Issue No. 153
 

Rabbi Aryeh A. Frimer lists the similarities and explains the differences between Chanukah vs Purim. Both commemorate battles and both are celebrated with special foods. why our enemies wanted to destroy us.

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CHANUKAH VS PURIM
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 153
 

What is the significance of the chuppa that a bride and groom stand under? Marlyn Butchins, (who has sewn many amazing quilts) researched the origins and symbolism of this ancient canopy. Interesting motifs and artwork were lovingly sewn into the chuppa that she made for her daughter’s wedding.

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MY 1ST CHUPPAH
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 153
 

Ecology and living a "greener" life and saving water are often in the news these days. Gloria Deutsch summarises some of the ideas that ESRA readers sent in to her.

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SAVING WATER
Category: Environment
Issue No. 153
 

How do we learn to be parents? Lissa Szajnbrum explains how having a Doulas- or labor coachcan enhance a positive birth experience and also help towards a more positive and confident bonding between parents and child.

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DOULAS BIRTH & PARENTING
Category: Education
Issue No. 153
 

New ideas and approaches have been around for decades but in this new fun and challenging method of learning everything is expressed in abbreviations and is self taught by missions and the children are taught how to think by solving problems. Zipporah Porath gives a mind-blowing peep into an innovative puzzling world and hopes that this experiment will (WOW) work out well.

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Q2L  SCHOOL FOR DIGITAL KIDS
Category: Education
Issue No. 153
 

Ruthie Sobel Lutlenberg who worked in education came in to contact with many children here in Israel who had never had a celebration for their birthday. In 2004 she founded Birthday Angels. Each Birthday child is made to feel special, a Birthday box is provided, a program of games and activities is run, food is served, presents and prizes given and the guests honor the birthday child.

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BE AN ANGEL  MAKE MY (BIRTH) DAY
Category: Education
Issue No. 153
 

Coming to live in Israel in the 1950's Zelda and Leon Harris with their young family happily became candidates for membership of a Habonim Moshav. Having worked hard and feeling part of the Moshav family they were astounded when they were rejected for membership. In spite of this the family remained in Israel and as Zelda says – the rest is history.

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YOU CANT GO HOME AGAIN: LIFE ON A MOSHAV IN THE  1950S
Category: Israel
Issue No. 153
 

Debbie Morgenstern gives a delightful account of her arrival in Israel in the 1960's . Coming from a comfortable life in a small town in the USA but with an instant family here all wanting to help her settling in to life in TA leads to an interesting article.

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IN THE BEGINNING
Category: Israel
Issue No. 153
 

Born in the UK "with a pencil" in his mouth Denis Shifrin is known to ESRA readers as our "in house" illustrator. With Habonim, art school and marriage in the UK Denis came on aliyah in 1948. A founder of Kfar Hanassi he then worked in printing and publishing - founding his own advertising and publishing company. He also worked for the Mossad for more than a decade.Now in his retirement Denis sculpts wooden kinetic miniatures as well as illustrates for ESRA and other publications.

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DENIS SHIFRIN   A SENSE OF MISSION
Category: People
Issue No. 153
 
 

ISSUE 153 - Feb/March 2010

FROM THE EDITOR

“It is a shame to waste even one drop” is a slogan many of us have been using constantly in our individual efforts to save Israel’s precious water. Our cover photo is a gentle reminder to us all as is our article on ways of saving water. Our digital world is mind-boggling and is brought into focus in “QTL – School for Digital Kids”. Also on children you can easily be a birthday angel and if you are pregnant you will find it helpful to read about Doulas birth.

CONTRIBUTORS

Norman A. Rubin
Gloria Deutsch
Rolly King Kohansky
Zipporah Porath
David Kaplan
Sara Groundland
Naomi Ariel
Zelda Harris
Mickey Schneider
Dr. Pamela Peled
Mike Porter
Linda Silverstone
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