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Flori Cohen was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She studied at the Shanghai Public School for Girls, then at the British School to Matriculation Level.  Wanting to enter the business world she enrolled at the Pitman's Commercial School for Business in Shanghai. Shanghai, says Flori, was known as the Paris of the East - a wonderful and exciting place to be.  She married Isaiah (Shaya) Cohen in 1951 in Shanghai. 

That year they left Shanghai for London due to the intolerable situation there because of the Communist takeover.  They remained in London for five years.  

In 1956 they immigrated to Israel to join her mother and other members of her family who had already settled there after having left Shanghai in 1953. 

Flori has four children, eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren - some are in Israel and the others in the States.

The Maltese falcon ... Efraim Cohen gets to know a falcon in Malta

ESRA Modiin had the pleasure of hearing a treasure of anecdo...
Second generation Holocaust survivors Zvi Berkovitch and Judy Goldstein each light memorial candles at the Modiin ceremony in memory of the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis (Photos: Flori Cohen, Sruly Cooper, Avraham Rotstein)

Found in a ghetto ... a hand-drawn birthday card, now at Yad Vashem

Sara Shor, of Yad Vashem, speaking

From left to right: Dr. Teria Shantall, Shlomo Pazzy, Deputy Mayor of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, Gerry Wine, Ruchama Berkovitch, Achinoam Rotstein

ESRA Modiin Chair Cynthia Barmor (left), ESRA Membership Chair Carol Lipman (center) and Jackie Klein speaking at the event

The Holocaust was an atrocity carried out by a monster of ev...
Geoff Isaacs ... learned at 63 that he’d been adopted

Mimi Tanaman reads Lost & Found, the book she’s written about Geoff Isaacs

 Story and photos by Flori Cohen How does it feel to di...
Helping children at risk ... a visit to Neve ESRA, Modiin’s afternoon care center, with Chanukah gifts. Standing: Stuart Razin, Beverly Rockman and Ilana Hars. Seated: Judy Goldstein, Rhona Berzack, Flori Cohen and Katrina Manobla. Story and photos by Flori Cohen

Bev Rockman (left) and Rhona Berzack hand out neck warmers to the youngsters for Chanukah

Neve ESRA, Modiin's afternoon care center for children at ri...
Grant and Daniella Crankshaw entertain the guests. Photos by Flori Cohen

A delightful get-together of over fifty members, friends and...
Atarah Fisher addresses the audience

Audience members listen to Atarah Fisher’s talk in Modiin

Story and Photos by Flori Cohen Although a difficult subject...
Herb Keinon with ESRA Modiin Co-chairs Jackie Klein (left) and Cynthia Barmor

A large turnout of over 80 people came to hear Herb Keinon, ...
Music night ... (from left) Eric Berzack, Cynthia Barmor, Vivienne and Ivan Moran. Text and Photos by Flori Cohen

Enjoying the music of South Africa ... the audience listens and also watches

On December 11, ESRA Modiin held a musical evening with a So...
After brunch it’s time for a punch . . .expert Jill gives a brief course in self-defense. Story and photos by Flori Cohen

Pulling no punches ... Jill Shames gives a self-defense demonstration in Modiin

ESRA Modiin's brunch last November was an enjoyable event in...