Becci Fleischer describes the architecture of the Netivot Library designed by local architect Meir Krispin. She explains how Krispin has used the natural elements in the desert for light and cooling, and provided an inspirational space suited to every need, both intellectual and functional.

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DESERT ARCHITECT DESIGNS NETIVOT LIBRARY
Category: Towns
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Diana Naaman describes how these words, spoken in prayer on Rosh Hashana, are given precious, real meaning to the elderly and chronically ill, by a group of dedicated volunteers. Harold Schechner's poem "ATTAD" is a touching tribute to ATTAD's work with the elderly.

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DO NOT ABANDON ME IN MY OLD AGE
Category: Passages
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Tammi Forman shares her family recipes in this comprehensive cookery book that she has compiled from her own experience of cooking for a family suffering from numerous allergies.

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Cooking for an Allergy-Free Lifestyle
Category: Food/Wine
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Interviews with two young women, a graduate and a scholar, are participating in the tent city social protest. They are impressive for their motivation in joining the crowds striving to have their legitimate grievances and problems heard and addressed.

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VOICES FROM THE TENT CITY, TEL AVIV
Category: Israel
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Fifty needy families receive monthly food parcels from ESRA’s Hand in Hand Food Pantry. At Pesach and Rosh Hashanna additional funds enable more families to benefit and special holiday foods are added. Thanks go to pianist Gil Shohat and the Sharon Hotel for sponsoring an annual fundraising concert

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HAND IN HAND FOOD PANTRY
Category: Community
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Ada Yonath – Nobel Laureate, addressed a large audience on the fascination of ribosomes, a specific group of protein cells and described her success in the formerly impossible task of preparing them for X-ray crystallogy to determine their 3-D structure. They were entranced by her descriptive illustrated talk.

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Professor Ada Yonath speaks on Ribosomes
Category: ESRA News
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Since 1996 Arab women in the western Galilee have been working at the Sindyanna project. Established by Israeli and Arab activists, the organization commercially produces olive oil from their own organic plantations. Their visitors’ center also sells soaps, honey, syrups and baskets that they weave. Their produce is also sold abroad through World Fair Trade Association.

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FAIR TRADING AND COOPERATION AT SINDYANNA
Category: Israel
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Well done Fonda Dubb for receiving an “Oscar” at the Eilat community centers’ end of year party. A “one man band” Fonda promotes ESRA by selling our Ethiopian embroidery products every week on the Eilat promenade.

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THE OSCARS - EILAT
Category: People
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Perfecting conversational English by phone is an innovative ESRA project initiated by Gil Teicher. It is a win-win situation in which volunteer tutors, who are unable to travel, continue to help students to polish their English.

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ESRA ENGLISH BY PHONE is born
Category: Education
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Living what appears to be dozens of lives in one lifetime, Miriam Frank’s autobiography, “ takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride from Spain to Vichy France, as a refugee in Mexico, on to New Zealand and finally Israel before settling down in England”. Reviewed by Helen Schary Motro.

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NOT SO INNOCENT ABROAD - A MEMOIR OF JEWISH WANDERING
Category: Literature
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ISSUE 161 - Sept-Oct-Nov 2011

FROM THE EDITOR

Israel’s Social Protest 2011 burst on to the scene in the summer. Last night 450,000 protesters attended the largest demonstration in Israeli history calling for social justice, a new social order, a change in the public agenda: “….the new Israelis have a dream….to weave the story of our lives into Israel….to let us live in Israel”. These Israelis love Israel, want to work hard and live here in dignity.

CONTRIBUTORS

Olivia Shaw
Helen Schary Motro
Larry Butchins
Alan Caplan
Hershell Goldman
Steve Kramer
Mike Porter
Shirley Hirsch
Adele Rubin
Diana Naaman
Phyllis Bloch
Ingrid Gvili
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