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In Israel since 1966, Mimi Tanaman studied toward her BA and MA degrees in Psychology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While studying and raising a family, she toured the country with a bluegrass band, the Golden City String Band, which appeared in theaters, on kibbutzim, radio, and made numerous TV appearances. With the breakup of the string band, Mimi picked up her former acting career which had begun in her native New York where she toured the city with her high school theater group. She has both acted in and directed numerous productions for the Sharon Players and appeared in films and TV series. Today, Mimi runs her own copywriting and translating company, hi-Text, serving private companies and Israel's advertising sector, as well as providing translations to English of poems, novels, and children's books. If her clients leave her any free time, she's also working on a book of her own. Mimi lives in Raanana and shares her free time with her ten grandchildren.

One hundred people recently logged in to a Zoom meeting with...
ESRA’s hardworking and dedicated Welfare Fund committee members

 Well perhaps not quite that fast, but efforts were cer...
Elad Shippony... show writer and lead actor

​You've no doubt heard the term the wandering Jew, but are y...
Nina Weiner ... saw the difficulties new Israeli immigrants were facing

Nina Weiner receiving an honorary doctorate from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Interview with Nina Avidar Weiner, Co-founder and Chairperso...
IDC students from around the world, working together with ESRA

Proud of volunteering with ESRA

Photos: Sunny Marshansky ​Universities in Israel encourage s...
The canyon approach to Petra (Photos: Mike Altman, Baruch and Mimi Tanaman)

The Treasury, Petra’s most famous facade

Ancient mosaic church-floor map detailing the columns along Jerusalem's Cardo

An oasis of souvenirs in the Wadi Rum desert

Sights of Petra, from simple homes to palatial tombs, all carved into the mountainsides

Echoes of ancient desert caravans

The whole happy ESRA group in Jordan's Wadi Rum desert

There are some countries that as soon as you enter, you feel...
Students Build a Community veterans share experiences with students about to embark on the new SBC project

Sharing success  ESRA's flagship project, Students Buil...
New ESRA Chairman Terry Morris

Former ESRA Chair Baruch Tanaman

ESRA Vice-Chair Glenis Bertfield

ESRA Life President Merle Guttmann

This year's Annual General Meeting, held at the Kiriyat HaSh...
The delight of sitting high with confidence

Anat Lavi- Kowarski, manager of the center, shows her appreciation to ESRA volunteer Laurence Jacobs


In surroundings as cozy and comfortable as a pair of messy o...

Richard Kemp told the meeting: “The IDF should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize” (Photos: Stephen Kliner)

Kay Wilson in Raanana reading an excerpt from her book about surviving terrorism and overcoming trauma

An evening with Col. Richard Kemp and author/tour guide/surv...
ESRA’s Nearly-New Shop on Ahuza Street has been given a revamp

Read all about it ... ESRAbooks has now relocated to Raanana’s high street – Ahuza

 ESRA runs two shops in Raanana – ESRA Nearly-New Shop ...
Enjoying the Crafts Fair

The tables are turned on ESRAVision’s Sally and Richard Halon who were videoing and photographing the day’s events

Can I have your autograph please? Followers of The Jerusalem Post and London Times columnist Melanie Phillips patiently queue to get her signature on copies of her books which were on sale

Hat parade and smiles in the sunshine

More happy faces

Welcome to Speakers' Corner

Enjoying lunch with friends on a sun-soaked day

With a little help from our friends ... and a Beatles tribute band

ESRA held its 40th Anniversary Celebration on 14th May. The ...
Rami with students Orion, Shira and Aviva who sang with him

Photographs by Yoav Cohen The theater was filled to capacity...

ESRA's English Tutoring Program (ETP) endorsed by the Israel...
Getting to know you ... meeting the family

A young Ethiopian boy

Avi Talala ... leader of the group in Ethiopia

Lighting the Chanukah candles in a straw-roofed dining room

Making buna coffee, which starts with the roasting of the beans

A grandmother now aged 102, blind but still graceful

A synagogue in what was once a Jewish village in Gondar

Ethiopian schoolchildren in pink school shirts, some of them torn and ragged

As with all of ESRA's projects, this one too, started with i...
Learning English can be fun with ESRA’s English Tutoring Program

Lola Katz, ETP Professional Consultant

An ETP tutor helping an Israeli youngster master the art of writing English

The Israel Ministry of Education endorses ESRA's English Tut...
Speakers: Top line Gabriel Meir, Glenis Bertfield, Merle Guttmann, Albert Levi, Baruch Tanaman Bottom line: Brenda Katten, Roger Lavender, Sunny Marshansky, Janet Kiesari

ESRA is growing, developing and flourishing – and growth oft...
ESRA Volunteer Award winners proudly display their certificates

President’s Award: Adele and Mike Rubin

Chairman’s Award: Betty and Ed Wolfe with Merle Guttmann and Baruch Tanaman

The Ethiopian Dance Group together with their choreographer

Volunteers don't get paid, not because they are worthless, b...
Amharit blessing for Dabo – traditional Ethiopian bread

With handfuls of mud, Nina Zuck, head of ESRA Projects, joins the children in traditional house building

Cathy Aron, projects coordinator, joins a group of schoolchidren

Building friendships . . . two pupils with their student teacher

Creating sun-baked ceramics

Sharing stories of Ethiopia

Everyone gets involved, including ESRA Chairman Baruch Tanaman and wife Mimi

Photos: Sandra Broza An Ethiopian Village near Kiryat Gat… w...
The three girls who had been seen on film came on stage together with their music teacher (below) to sing with David D’or. Photos: Roy Rochlin

Music Teacher




Scheduled to take place on December 24, this year's annual f...