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Cynthia Yaakovi nee Shapiro was born in New York City and raised in Bayswater, Queens. Very active in Junior Hadassah, she came to Israel as a volunteer in 1967 and stayed to marry a local boy. She studied English Literature at Queens College, NYC and Business Administration in Tel Aviv. Cynthia recently retired from an over 40-year long and demanding career in International Marketing and Sales of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She now fills her spare time studying Anthropology and remains an avid world traveler, never declining an opportunity to visit a new and unknown place, and is the volunteer coordinator of ESRA’s Students Build a Neighborhood project in Kiryat Nordau, Netanya. She lives in Ramat Poleg, Netanya. She has 3 children and 7 grandchildren, all living in Israel.





This has been a strange and unsettling time. You all know wh...
Chaim Segal with Michael, Susan and Heidi – children of the late Shirley Kirsch Photos by: Mike Altman and Galia Peled

Esti Zerihon, who was sponsored in memory of Vera Faiman

Avital Mekonen with Ilse Gluckstadt

Buntji Alamihu with Bess Hoffman of ESRA Herzliya and Sidney Lyons, son of the late Barbara Lyons

Brenda Katten: Inspirational

Sara Alemo with Irene Stohn

Adi Barro with Barbara Kliner of ESRA Netanya

Zehava Yamana with Bryna Franklin

Adisu Mekonen with Marilyn Ronen of ESRA Tel Aviv

Jayjo Zero with Peta Singer of ESRA's Jordan Valley/Tiberias Branch

Avi Teshuma with Liz and Terry Morris

Malka Yaakov with Judy Samuels presenting on behalf of her brother Laurence Faiman

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we ...
The audience listened, sang along and were even dancing in their seats. Photos by Barry Insell





ESRA turned back the clock to the Swinging Sixties for this ...

If pictures could talk…


The idea began to take hold when Nina Zuck (coordinator of E...