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Degania can be seen in the background with pioneers crossing the Yarden by cart The original settlement of Moshava Kinneret​. Ono the left is a tall building, called Beit Tridel, and it still exists.​ What an exhilarating experience to see our beloved Lake Kinneret overflowing with water kissing the shoreline, engulfing young bushes and trees that had proliferated during the 17 years of continued water loss, and bringing new life and hope to Israel's only natural water lake. On a bright spring day in early June, shortly after lockdown regulation...
Photo By Sharon Bacher From her veranda, Sharon contemplates the joys of nature and in particular, of trees and of the song, "Etz Ha-sadeh". "To me," she writes, "the song speaks of the cycle of life; of our hope and striving to grow and regenerate even as we shield ourselves from threats and inevitably, death." How blessed I am to live in an apartment with a wonderful s...
I would like to thank the number of people who approached me saying they missed my column. Maccabi Healthcare Services - Credits Maccabi had to return money to me. I had bought an instrument that would help me hear TV better. Their participation in the purchase was NIS 1,361. When I inquired about how I would receive this sum, I found out that...
Amazon.com, 333 pages. Print and Kindle editions. The True Adventures of Gidon Lev. Rascal. Holocaust Survivor. Optimist  Facebook gets a lot of flak but I have to admit I enjoy reading posts – and not just because of the greetings I get on my birthday. I love peeping into the lives and opinions of people I know, or knew eons ago, or sometimes don't even know at all. I am often cheered by wha...
Filming "Moses the Lawgiver"  Imagine a British-Italian co-production staring an American, a Swede, a Brit and a Greek, with mostly Israeli supporting cast and a mixed Italian-Israeli and all-sorts crew, stranded in Eilat for two months during the Yom Kippur War. That was Moses the Lawgiver, an ITC/RAI six-part TV mini-series later whittled do...
Laura on the balcony in the Yemenite Quarter, Tel Aviv Trevor enjoying a quiet moment in Mitzpe Ramon Eating hamantaschen in Toronto, Canada, missing Israel! Laura in the Negev My Experience as a Canadian Postdoc in Israel My wife Laura said to me "What is today, only Monday? Ugh, three more days till the weekend, then two more weeks till the end of the month, then six more months till we go back to Canada." When I heard this, I was gutted. This Israeli adventure I had taken us on, Laura was counting down its days like a ...
Percy and Bertha Galkoff on their golden wedding in 1957 Are any of you readers ex-Liverpudlians? If so - and you're old enough - you may remember P. Galkoff's Butcher Shop of 29 Pembroke Place which supplied kosher meat to the thriving Jewish community of Liverpool. Percy Galkoff was my grandfather. He was born in 1877 in Warta, a small town in Poland. He was conscripted into the Russian Army from which...
Story and Photos by Judi Argaman Our fourth year of the summer day camp, ESRA's "First Steps Program", which is operated in the community center in Hephzibah, Netanya, has ended. ESRA is very involved in the disadvantaged and poverty stricken neighborhood where most of the residents came from Ethiopia and ESRA has really made a difference with vari...
Trenches running along the hillside at the Castel Kiryat Anavim cemetery Flatbed information boards along the trail A dusty, twisting and turning path – the bushes and weeds on either side beginning to wilt as the summer heat beats down – leads up to a mountain top in the western Jerusalem Hills, and almost immediately turns the clock back 73 years. The summit of Mount Maoz stands 790 meters above sea level, enabling incredible views in all directions.However, 7...
Interviewing a Palestinian near the Jewish settlement of Shaked in the West Bank When living in Britain over fifty years ago I would have described myself as a pacifist. I was then a Swinging Sixties teenage hippie struggling to pay rent, buy sufficient food and dig up a shilling piece from time to time to feed the gas meter so as to have hot water for a bath. Having lived in Israel for over 50 years, nowadays mother of five an...