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Brenda Katten was born and educated in London, UK. She was a member of Bnei Akiva and the Federation of Zionist Youth (FZY). Professionally she worked as a Relationship and Educational Counselor in the remedial and education fields having obtained qualification from the British Association of Counselors. She and her architect husband, John, came to live in Israel in 1998.Brenda is a past chairperson in England of: British WIZO (and is currently Honorary President); the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland; Bnai Brith Hillel Foundation. She was chairperson of the Governors one of the largest Jewish Day Schools in London.In Israel she is currently Chairperson of ESRA – English Speaking Residents Association; Co- Chairperson of Europeans for Israel.Her past voluntary positions in Israel include: Chairperson of Israel, Britain and the Commonwealth Association; Chairperson of World WIZO Public Affairs and NGO Department. Chairperson of World WIZO Public Relations Department and Editor of the newsletter, The Fuller Picture and Executive Member of the International Council of Women (ICW). Brenda has been a delegate for Israel at the international conferences of the United Nations’ Annual Commission on the Status of Women in New York; United Nations Conference against Racism in Durban (2001); Women Defending Peace in Geneva (2004).Brenda has three children and eight grandchildren.
Danny Sanderson and his band on stage

ESRA Chairman Terry Morris at the podium

Tarkin Adago telling his moving story

The audience enjoying the show




Photos: Richard Halon It may have been raining outside but t...
One for the album ... a group shot at the presentations



Meira and Jack Appelbaum with their student Orit Sabahat

The one and only Ilse Gluckstadt presenting scholarships to her five students – Ashegere Aileen, Almog Munis-Geva, Helen Tronej, Eitan Shemi and Shlomit Simani

Pamela Sarig presenting the scholarship to Sigal Lagassa on behalf of Maureen Lipman

Terry Shlomo presenting the ESRA Ramat Aviv Scholarship to Yonathan Wassa

Tarkin Adago at the microphone telling his aliyah story

Glenis Bertfield and Ann Levin presenting the ESRA Raanana Scholarship to Rivka Astaya

Evelynne Cherny presenting the scholarship on behalf of the Modiin branch to Rafael Geva

Dena Laufer presenting her scholarship to Ester Belay

Music at the Students Build a Community scholarship event was provided by singers and musicians from the ESRAsupported Hephzibah Volume Center

The hall at Hephzibah's community center was buzzing with ex...
Solomon Abeba ... studying law

Keren Maruvka ... wants to be a doctor

Counsellor Marlyn Butchins

Judith with Tami whom she befriends

ESRA has much to be proud of as we celebrate 40 years of giv...

May 1948: Declaration of the State of Israel by David Ben-Gurion (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)


ESRA celebrates 40th anniversary with interviews, talks and ...
Guests mingle and chat and enjoy the wine and cheese at ESRA Netanya’s thank-you event to its volunteers (Photos: Mike Altman)

Barbara Kliner

Ofir Orenstein

Aviva Katahun

Enjoying the performance by Ethiopian teenager Aviva Katahun

On a balmy summer evening some 60 volunteers came together f...

Getting used to a different way of life can be a daunti...
Some of the 200 members of the audience who enjoyed the Gil Shohat concert. Photos: Mike Altman

Pianist Gil Shohat with ESRA’s Nelly Perry

A Holocaust survivor whose memories of hunger remained with ...
Story by Brenda Katten Photos: Avi Talala



Ethiopian-Israeli teenagers who took part in the 2016 “Masa Journey to Identity” in Ethiopia

My introduction to ESRA was back in 1998, as a new immigrant...
An evening in the company of a maestro …. Alan Gampel with his two sons Elliot and Leo, the hosts Doreen and Alan Gainsford and Cynthia Maresky (top row) and Bess Hoffman (front row). Story and photo by Brenda Katten

It is not often that one has the opportunity of listening to...
Addressing the ESRA Netanya lecture ... Rabbi Dov Lipman

ESRA Netanya opened its lecture series with an outstanding a...
Herzliya's Build a Neighborhood

It's time to share the wonderful world of ESRA beyond Israel...
he Applebaum clan at Meira and Jack’s 50th year in Israel anniversary dinner

Jack Applebaum

Meira Applebaum

The Applebaum children when they were young

Speaking with Jack and Meira Applebaum is like living a piec...


Netanya's Carole Kaye is a great advocate of Facebook. She h...
Flowers for the maestro ... Gil Shohat with Nelly Perry at the Sharon Hotel, Herzliya

he audience at the Sharon Hotel settling down for the concert

​Photos: Mike Altman Ten years ago, ESRA's Hand-in-Hand Food...
Michael, Heidi and Maya Kirsch with Sara Wasa giving her a scholarship in memory of their mother Shirley Kirsch donated by the ESRA Tel Aviv Branch. Photos: by Tal Zuck

Dena Laufer and Bess Hoffman give the ESRA Herzliya and ESRA Jordan Valley/Tiberias scholarship to Banchi Almiyahu

Zehava Yemana received Tel Aviv’s scholarship from Noah Margalit, in memory of Stella Capeluto

Yael Talala received the Raanana scholarship from Glenis and Lawrence Bertfield

Terry Morris, standing in for Irene Stohn and the Kirshner Fund, presents a scholarship to Sara Alemo

Jajou Zero received the Modiin scholarship from branch Co-Chair Jackie Klein

Rivka Ashtaya received the ESRA Netanya scholarship from Chairperson Barbara Kliner.

lse Gluckstadt with her students (from left) Avital Mekonen, Tarkin Adajo, Tzlil Maimon and Youkal Ezra

ESRA's Students Build a community annual Scholarship Award E...
Zachor’ etched in flames as a remembrance.   Photos: Terry Morris

Flag-bearers march around Hefzibah

Community Leaders take to the streets


June is always a busy month in ESRA's calendar, especially i...
Brenda Katten

 Co-Chairperson's message The old adage that time goes ...
The British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, with ESRA students Photo: Courtesy of the British Embassy

Smile ... a trio of ESRA students

It was a glorious spring day when a number of organizations,...

 Volunteering today for a better tomorrow – this IS ESR...
Encore ... Dudu, Colin and conductor/pianist Tomer Adaddi take a well-deserved bow

The audience in the Herzliya Performing Arts Center take their seats

In perfect harmony ... Dudu and Colin perform a duet

ESRA's annual major fundraiser took place on January 3. It p...

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