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Codor's No. 1 Haggadah on Amazon “Codor Live”: drawing Geva’s favorite characters Illustrator, Animator, Political Cartoonist, Story Artist, Author and Publisher USA/Israel  Readers may have noticed the humorous cartoons I introduced here in recent magazines, as well as a Hanukkah book review called Too Many Latkes, all done by Richard Codor. Enthusiastic responses to his work elicited an interview request during his visit ...
Photos by Mockup Graphics on Unsplash Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash Photo by Mockup Graphics on Unsplash Recipes from ESRA's New Community Cookbook PEAR AND ZUCCHINI SOUP RECIPE BY IRENE GEE SERVES 6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola oil 5 dark green zucchinis 1 large onion, chopped 2 leeks, chopped 2 large pears, peeled and chopped 2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped 2 cinnamon sticks or ¼ tsp dried cinnamon 1 bay leaf 3 cups of pareve chic...
Working in Moshiah’s (yes Moshiach) workshop on base. Sar-El: Age is of No Concern Several weeks ago, I found myself shlepping boxes full of medical supplies and loading them onto pallets. I suddenly asked myself: How did I get here? The answer: I was volunteering in Sar-El (Sherut LeYisrael which means service for Israel) https://www.sar-el.org. Sar-El enables people, both inside and outside Israel, to volun...
Berry Pinshow sitting next to a giant, old Welwitschia mirabilis plant in the Messum Crater, Namibia By Berry Pinshow On an August evening back in 1994, I was drinking beer at a sidewalk café with Bill Karasov, David Goldstein, Danny Afik, and Nigel Adams. We were there for the 21st International Ornithological Congress (IOC) in Vienna, and we had just learned from a delegate that the next IOC would be in Durban, South Africa in 1998. I was deligh...
Volunteers, carers, and the group’s young adults, all equally enjoyed a day’s emersion in the music and memories of the Beatles. A day out with ESRA's Social Club for Disabled Young Adults  Photos by Richard Halon What's more globally contagious than COVID? n 1963, four young men burst onto the music scene taking the UK by storm, and repeating the exercise a year later in the USA, with fans whipped up to a frenzy by their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The boys fro...
 Photography, Digital Imaging and Video Exhibition My life is like a journey on the beach where the currents reflect the interaction between sea, sand and wind. As a multi-media artist my paintings, photography, video and digital art bare footprints of the sequences in my life, embracing new ventures and challenges. In my body of work I incorp...
For several years after I came on aliyah, I lived in Netanya. Although I now live in Beit Shemesh, I have still remained an associate member of my former shul and during lockdown greatly enjoyed its varied and stimulating Zoom output. This included an outstanding sequence of presentations marking Yom HaShoah. Advance publicity had featured a talk e...
Kfar Saba mayor Rafi Saar with a copy of ESRA Magazine, at the opening of Pride House, which now shares space with the ESRA Kfar Saba offices. Kfar Saba's Pride House, the first in the Sharon to serve as a center for LGBTQ activities, was formally opened in a festive ceremony, recently during the International Pride Month. The ceremony was attended by a host of officials, including Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz, MK Yorai Lahav-Hertzano, MK Gilad Kariv, Kfar Saba Mayor Rafi Saar, Kfar...
After I gave my sister placemats from the Ethiopian Arts and Crafts Center in Sderot, she contacted the designer and gave a donation for a showcase. I was surprised that they turned a thank you for my sister into a 90th birthday party for me. I started thinking about how the embroidery project started in ESRA 30 years ago when on a visit to the Kfa...
Compost I compost old clothes when they get too old to use. Opening a ripe compost pile one day, out of the corner of my eye I saw this LONG earthworm rising with the first load. I froze. I took a long drawn-out breath to realize... that it was the leg seam of an old pair of jeans.Textile labels may say "100% cotton," but this often refers to the c...