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Ruth Corman was born in Manchester, UK. As a mature student she gained an Honors degree in Sociology from Durham University. Today she divides her time between Jerusalem and London.

For the past 24 years she has worked as an art consultant for corporate and private buyers, holding exhibitions of contemporary applied arts both in Israel and the UK.

She has a passion for ceramics which she has collected for many years and has given lectures on both ceramics and photography. For many years she organized the biennial Alix de Rothschild Craft Award Scheme in Israel. Then, as Director of the British Israel Arts Foundation, she organized annual visits of top British craftspeople to Israel who give workshops and demonstrations at the Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum and in Tel Hai. This project continues until today.

Ruth’s first major book was the autobiography of the late David Rubinger, ’60 Years Through My Lens’ published in English, Hebrew and German. Her second book, Unexpected Israel, is a miscellany of short stories about Israel, focusing on the quirky, humorous and the moving aspects of Israeli society through her words and photographs. This coffee table style book of 86 stories and 160 photographs is available from Gefen Publications and Amazon. 

Ruth has been writing her blog for eight years which today is being read in 76 countries. She says: “From day one I chose never to write anything negative, there is enough of that in the media. My aim is simple, I just want my readers to find something to smile about, particularly in these stressful
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Gaby Shefler with his grandchildren

Text and photos by Ruth Corman Less than five minutes' walk ...
Tunnel boring machine used in the Elizabeth line. Photo: Wolfgang Meinhart, Wikimedia Commons

A blaze of light . . . a night shot of London’s Canary Wharf. Photo: Diliff, Wikimedia Commons

Having lived in London for more than 30 years I am reasonabl...
Why, you might ask, did I choose to write a story about tatt...
Photograher David Rubinger checking on some of his slides

March 2, 2020, marked the third anniversary of the deat...
Crocus cup and saucer by Clarice Cliff

Celadon and tenmoku bud vases by Chris Keenan (Photo: Michael Harvey)

Chris Keenan (Photo: Sophie Massarella)

Chris Keenan’s ‘Abode of Stones’ iii comprising 21 pots and oval leather base (Photo: Michael Harvey)

I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with pots. I...
Screens for the women’s section of the synagogue

The succah inside the synagogue

In my search for lesser known aspects of Israel, I visited t...
Haim Tukachinsky ... an excellent teacher, both encouraging and critical

Haim Tukachinsky in action on the piano

 Some ten years ago I started singing lessons. I p...
The doctor ‘nose’ best ... Dream Doctor Mona Aliza (Ivonne Sharvit) with a child and parent at Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva. Photos by Dream Doctors

Marcel Marceau

Dream Doctor DuSH (David Barashi) in Hadassah Hospital

Dream Doctors Fruma (Rotem Goldenberg), Professor Sancho de la Sponja (Yaron Goshen), Shemesh (Smadar Harpak) and DuSH (David Barashi) with children after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

Clowns have been around for millennia. 5000 years ago pygmie...
On the breadline ... busy at work at the Abulafia Bakery in Jaffa.

Grandsons of the two parties to the contract holding the original agreement

The familiar site of the Abulafia Bakery in Jaffa

One of the most iconic places to visit in Jaffa is the renow...
Shlomo Hillel today. Story and photos by Ruth Corman

The interior of the accommodation hut at Atlit, near Haifa

A plane brought recently from Alaska to Atlit, near Haifa

Immigrant children waiting at Atlit Detention Camp

Boat on the site of the Atlit Detention Camp, similar to those used in the 1940s

One of the unanticipated joys of writing my stories has been...
Dedication to Sir Moses Montefiore at the entrance of Ohel Moshe

The ornate and striking exterior of Ades Synagogue in Jerusalem

The Ark inside Ades Synagogue

President Yitzchak Navon's family

Story and photos by Ruth Corman One of the most fascinating ...
A Havana synagogue member holds the shechita knives

Street scene Havana

Distinctive . . . cars of many colors in Cuba

Thumbs up ... two locals in Havana

Boys on home-made scooters

A square viewed from a Havana balcony

Knives are out for us on a trip to the island of Fidel and C...
A view of the old Kasbah in Skoura, Morocco

Our Berber guide

An interior of Dar Ahlam

Ten years ago, we had the holiday from hell in Marrakesh. It...