ESRA Magazine
ESRAmagazine categories

Barbara Abraham was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her studies include: Cours de Civilisation Francais, Sorbonne Paris; Queens University Belfast - B.A; Dundee University - Creative Writing course.

She came to live in Israel in 1958. From 1959 – 1967 she was resident in Eilat and commenced her working career at the first Queen of Sheba Hotel. From 1964 – 1980 she worked for Arkia Airlines, first in Eilat and from 1967 in Tel Aviv, eventually becoming Head of Tourist Department.

From 1980 – 2000 she lived in Scotland with her life partner. Enjoying the composition of essays, Barbara attended a Creative Writing Course, joined the Angus Writers Group and later became a member of the Scottish Writers Association. She began publishing articles and short stories in Scotland in local press and also in the Jewish Chronicle.

In 2000 after returning to Israel she joined the Editorial Board of ESRA MAGAZINE and has also written for Metro Magazine of The Jerusalem Post.

Monument of remembrance set up by Love Never Fails

Preserved Prison: Barracks of Detention Camp at Atlit

Anne Heelis from Northern Ireland gives a flower to Pinchas Kahane

Perhaps you, my readers, will question these words but hope ...
Ramola Devi ... star of Indian cinema

Great-great-grand-daughter Noy Sommer

Modern technology has changed the world and through Google o...
The cover of Arnold Sherman’s book, showing a Herard Aircraft of Arkia coming in to land at Eilat

Airport as developed by Arkia at Santa Katarina

The Monastery of St Katherine in Sinai

The township of Ophira developed accommodation for tourists

A message on Facebook on the Israeli Lovers of History site ...
The saved parchment

There it was – a piece of torn brown leather rolled in a dil...
When Eilat was just an outpost ... the Northern beach area in 1958

Dan Caesarea Hotel

1953: Kaete Dan Hotel in HaYarkon Street, the origin of the Dan Hotel chain

The beat goes on ... thriving and jiving at the Dan Tel Aviv

For those of us in the over 70 age bracket who were born in ...
First prize team (from left) Shlomo Ivgi, Marilyn Cooper, Idit Friedman, George Adler. Back row: ESRA Chairman Baruch Tanaman and Lior Prety, Manager of the Caesarea Golf Club

Third prize team: Eli and Linda Streit, Sandra Brown and Yoram Keichel

The setting for this year's tournament was Caesarea Golf Clu...
The Elma Arts Complex Hotel at Zichron Yaacov

Thirsty work ... the statue which greets visitors to the hotel

Lily Elstein’s personal touch is evident in the restaurant

A stunning view from the hotel

And there it is - standing proudly in a verdant site located...
Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid. Story and photos by Barbara Abraham

Hugs ... Anette de Florie (left) with Barbara Abraham in Copenhagen

The memorial service for Raoul Wallenberg

As Danny Kaye serenaded it – 'And there she stands waiting f...
The Northern Ireland Friends of Israel

One of the leaders of the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel...
Barbara Abraham

Those clear blue eyes with their film of unshed tears are as...
Photo by Barbara Abraham-Vazana


Yesterday I wanted to escape the never-ending, heart-breakin...

Karkur now ... how the landscape is changing with apartment blocks, play areas and schools

Photo by Rev Stan

In 2008, Edward Sidi, then Chairman of ESRA Caesarea-Zichron...
Our friends in the North

 At the end of October, members of the five branches of...
Young, gifted pianist Omer Barash, 15, entertains at the ESRA tea party in Caesarea

The setting given for an afternoon tea party – British style...
"Our investment - bright young people from the periphery; our return - a stronger Israel".

Each year 100 pre-Atidim girls ages 16-17 from Netivot, Sderot, Ofakim, Kiryat Gat and other villages from the southern region, take part in the annual woman empowerment conference

Dana Faran, the enthusiastic Marketing Director of Friends o...

" We would love to take home something special from Isr...