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 In a moving ceremony on January 31, 2021, speakers gathered online to honor Kay Wilson as she accepted the Atlanta Israel Coalition's inaugural AIC Impact Award. Held on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook, the award was given two years to the day after the AIC's first event, the premiere of the Israeli documentary, Black Forest, directed by H...
A sign and poster on a building that was Orde Wingate’s headquarters in Kibbutz Ein Harod in the 1940s In the December 2020 ESRA Magazine, Lydia Aisenberg claims that most young Israelis know little of the history and legacy of Major General Orde Charles Wingate (see Orde Wingate – VJ Day Remembrance). I would like to add some details to the story of this remarkable man, who helped in the founding of the State of Israel.Unfortuna...
As a life coach and educator, I'm driven to explore every possible opportunity to talk to people, to connect with them and learn about them in their own environment. So when I was invited to Dubai in November 2020 to the opening of a photo exhibition of synagogues and other Jewish community sites around the Arab world, it didn't take long for me to...
"There's a whole world out there, right outside your window. You'd be a fool to miss it." Charlotte Eriksson I lived in Jerusalem for over 40 years and believed that there is no place like it. I loved the hills that embraced the city, I loved walking through the Jerusalem forest near my home, pine cones crackling under my feet. But then fate (and m...
ITIM Helps Meet Jewish Needs in the 21st Century Rabbi Seth Farber is a very busy person and an unusual orthodox rabbi. He was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He also has an MA in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Modern Jewish History. In 2002 he founde...
Celebrating 100 years of toil in the soil… Ein Harod century grain celebration Once again Israeli artist Peter Viner of Kibbutz Maoz Haim has conjured up yet another astounding grain creation in the fields of Kibbutz Ein Harod Meochad, an annual artistic tradition going back many years. Over the years Viner has featured Israeli politicians, enterta...
Rica was one of the first friends I made after I arrived in Israel. We met at an ESRA Tel Aviv Monthly Talk, discovered we lived around the corner from each other, and soon were in regular contact. Rica had a good sense of humor, was a dedicated reader, a lively storyteller and frightened of hardly anything or anyone. For example, during the Gulf W...
Who doesn't remember the childhood joys of digging into the "Madeline" books or "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" or any of a myriad of classics that still enthrall children today? But what defines a memorable children's book? Is it plot? Character? Timelessness? And is there such a thing as a memorable Jewish children's book? I asked Tami Lehman...
Almost three years ago we left Portland, Oregon, and moved into a 4th floor apartment on Har Sinai Street in central Raanana. One of the many pleasures of living here has been hearing and learning about the symphony of sounds that surrounds us day and night. In particular, during our prolonged stays inside because of the viral pandemic, the sounds ...
aThe very first March of The Living was due to be held in 1988 in Poland and many of us in South Africa wanted to attend, but the visa situation was a problem. In the 1980s, South Africa was a country that was unaccepted in the world due to its apartheid policies of racial segregation. As a result, other countries would not grant travel visas to So...