Marian Labor describes her visit to a brand new kosher hotel in Canazei, in the middle of the stunningly beautiful Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy. She finds the hotel first rate in every aspect, from the decor and physical conditions, to the food, the excursions options offered by the hotel staff, and of course the outstanding and very friendly service.

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MY ONE (KOSHER) HOTEL
Category: Travel
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Carol Novis finds this book absolutely fascinating and compulsively readable. She describes it as Fletcher's personal hike of discovery along the coastline from the Lebanon border to Gaza. Carol says it is not so much observation of Israel from the outside as much as a jumping-off point for exploring some of the big issues of the region.

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WALKING ISRAEL  -  A Review
Category: Literature
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Here is a chance to assist in the wonderful work that is being done by the newly established Community College of Tel Aviv University. It is the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the problem of refugees anxious to work and learn.

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UNIVERSITY OF LIFE
Category: Community
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A report on the stimulating “Festival of Dangerous Ideas” presented in debate form in Sydney recently with special mention of Alan Dershowitz’s excellent defence of the Pope in possible crimes against humanity.

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THE POPE ON TRIAL
Category: Features
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Lisa Brink provides the usual interesting recipe for a delicious seasonal salad of strawberries, avocado & spinach.

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DELICIOUS! STRAWBERRY FIELDS, AVOCADO & SPINACH SALAD
Category: Food/Wine
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Mervyn Medicks was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1928 and came to Israel with his Israeli-born wife and two small sons in 1961. For many years he was well known in computer centers, and some ten years ago he became an active volunteer in ESRA, working with bagrut students at the Metrowest school. Testimony to Mervyn's successful work and the impact he had with students can be read in the article by Fiona Kaufman and the letters in their original form from some of the students whose lives he touched.

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SPIRIT OF ESRA: MERVYN MEDICKS 1928-2010
Category: People
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Steffa Reis paints Israel. Diana Lerner writes about Steffa Reis’ retrospective at the Artist Association House, which included 40 works on canvas and paper that spanned 50 years. An artist of imagination and unusual concepts, the exhibition drew much interest.

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STEFFA REIS-50 CREATIVE YEARS
Category: Arts
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An uplifting story of a successful aliyah in the 1960’s where every opportunity to prosper was taken in business and private life.

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TO CREATE A FAMILY IN ISRAEL
Category: Israel
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This is the story of a foreign worker from the Philippines who came to work in Israel to earn money to support her family back home. It is an inspiring story of sacrifice, patience love and understanding.

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LIVING MY DREAM IN ISRAEL
Category: Israel
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The World Machal website compiled by dedicated volunteers over the last year is now online with interesting personal stories and records of all Machalniks that participated in Aliyah Bet, in the War of Independence and from 1956-1967. The address is www.machal.org.il

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THE AUTHENTIC MACHAL STORY IS NOW ONLINE
Category: Israel
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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.

CONTRIBUTORS

Adele Rubin
Katherine (Kaila) Shabat
Patricia (Patti) Golan
Theresa Binban
Gloria Deutsch
Audrey Goodman
Rolly King Kohansky
Ilan Hirschowitz
Merle Guttmann
Dr. Sara Whitefield
David Rhodes
Barbara Abraham-Vazana
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