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Sometimes I hate that "What'sApp" video why does it always ring when I'm dressed in a towel and my hair's like a bird's nest? Here I am, age over 70, still a vain slave to my hair – my frizzy, curly hair. I've always envied those girls. With hair they could toss hair they could wash, leave, and look great. Straight. Only THEY could go swimming and ...
Very little is known about the contribution of British Jewry even before the establishment of the State of Israel and this community has much to be proud of. For the past three years I have been working on a research for my PhD in the Department of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa. The findings so far are fascinating. My research deals wit...
Photo: Herb Hahn More about Puerto Vallarta The story about Puerto Vallarta in the latest issue (ESRA Magazine #205, July 2020) brought back many fond memories for Lenore and me. We were there in the early 1990s. We stayed at a lovely hotel on the beach, walking distance to the Malecon, better known to gringos like us as the boardwalk. One day we took a rickety old...
I've chosen to review these three books because after reading them I was struck by what divides them and what unites them. They are all stories of individuals in their communities, which couldn't be more different, yet each community providing the essential background conditions for the development of their protagonists and their stories. 4321 by P...
Yossi and his dad, Kalman Yossi meets President George Bush and Laura Bush at the White House, Washington DC If Kerry Samuels, a nice (secular) Jewish boy from Vancouver, hadn't decided to do a six-week French intensive course in Lyon, there would be no Shalva. If Samuels' mother hadn't insisted he cram Israel as well as France into his summer break, there would be no Shalva. And if, in 1977, a faulty routine vaccine hadn't caused Samuels' second infant s...
I remember the first time I sang the Hatikvah after we made aliyah, the tears were streaming down my face. It was so emotional. We have all grown up singing the Hatikvah at all occasions whether it be weddings, barmitzvahs or any other Jewish social function. It was a song of hope and longing for our freedom in a land of our own. Now we have a wond...
Jakey Lichterman Written by Osnat Sheffler and Nina Zuck Photos by Orna Mekona Celebrating the batmitzvahs of the 12-year old girls in ESRA's Students Build a Community Project in Netanya has been a tradition for eight years. This year, we were preparing to celebrate in March as usual, but the Corona virus brought us to a force majeure. The girls were so disappoint...
Sousa Mendes with Rabbi Chaim Kruger, June 1940 Hans and Margret Rey — Sousa Mendes Visa recipients who created the Curious George books Sousa Mendes Square in Jerusalem, organized by the Sousa Mendes Foundation By Arthur Berger and Harry D. Wall Photos: Courtesy Sousa Mendes Foundation Eighty years ago, June 1940. Paris and northern France were occupied by German forces. Thousands of Jews and other refugees fled south from the Nazi onslaught. Many of them reached Bordeaux finding temporary refuge while seeking life-saving visas through Portugal, a neutral...
ESRA members wish family and friends a Happy New Year  Ruth BarinaEllen DaviesShirley FrameLenore and Herb HahnShelley MorrisArne and Nydia RabuchinAdele and Mike Rubin   Jonathan Shalev  Shana Tova to Merle and ESRA staff. Wishing you all health happiness light love and forgiveness. Your magazine is excellent, keep it going.Leo...
A Trumpet Player's Viewpoint I am fortunate that I have the opportunity, as an amateur musician, to play a wide variety of music, from jazz and classical, to pop and folk. Hopefully, I also understand the various styles of music that I play and perform. Among others I play in a symphony orchestra. As an orchestral trumpeter, technically, certa...