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ISSUE 158 - Feb/March 2011
FROM THE EDITOR
ESRA volunteers are the breath and being of us, and this is always brought sharply into focus at our volunteer awards ceremonies when we learn about the exceptional and serious work that each of the recipients has and is doing. Whilst mentioning awards, ESRA received an award for our absorption work in Raanana. King George Street is one of Tel Aviv’s bustling shopping streets, with a flavor of its own, and has been since 1935, and the cover gives a glimpse of those early days. More...
There are some moving stories of Israel’s fight for survival – of Arab Muslim soldiers volunteering in the IDF, fathers who cry as their sons mobilize, overseas volunteers who rallied to the defense of nascent Israel, a child who survived an ambush by Arab marauders in 1947, the impact of receiving a gas mask. And whilst on armies, there is a fascinating account of serving in the British army in Suez in the years 1945-1946. Israel too hosts migrant workers, and it is interesting to read how despite the difficulties of living here, some fall in love with the country, and how university teachers volunteer to enrich the knowledge and skills of these workers. Other features on life in Israel include an immigrant’s story of how he came to live in Israel, and how he started a business his way in the 1960’s; a fundraising bicycle ride for disabled sportspersons; hiking in the ashes of the Carmel; reveling in magnificent flights of migrant birds in the Hula; the determination not to move from Katzrin; children’s stories of living through the constant shelling in Sderot; road repairs resulting in the encounter with policemen; reading Hebrew literature in English; travelling through Israel with excellent guidebooks. There are articles on kashrut – where to stay abroad, what makes kosher wine kosher, a mikveh for vessels – and a humorous article on a woman of valor. Talking of humor, a visit to the humor museum in Holon is a must and you’ll enjoy a fun article on growing old. So many people are amazing in what they do and achieve, and it is worth reading about a few of them. ESRA’s community projects continue to flourish – after school centers for high risk children, body balancing for Ethiopian women, and branches which are moving forward. If you are you looking for things to do, improve your bridge , savor a scrumptious salad, experience a jeep trip in the wilds of Lapland, widen your horizons at a festival of dangerous ideas. Close
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