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SBC schoolchild proudly displaying her gifted laptop Ongoing student-schoolkid contact, online and outdoors. Nothing stops continued tutoring! Students help schoolkids get together with organized activities, pandemic-style. How ESRA kept students & school kids going even when schools were closed Based on a report from Project Chair, Nina Zuck Students Build a Community (SBC) is ESRA's flagship project. Over its 14 years of operation, it has proven to be wonderfully effective in no less than 3 directions! Students receive free housing, enabling them to continue the...
This is a story about how a trip to Australia, cancelled due to the pandemic, led to creating Wandering Jew - a Jewish heritage travel app. My husband Mark and I retired at the beginning of last year. Our dream was to travel the world and our first destination was Australia. Upon arrival, we rented a campervan for six months. The plan was to do a b...
Gitty Glaser made aliyah to Israel from Montreal, Quebec, Canada in l964 with her husband, Gabriel, and their daughter, Davida who later in 2003 sadly passed away. The family went to the Ulpan Ben Yehuda in Netanya and in 1966 moved to Ramat Hasharon where Gitty lived the rest of her life. Gitty (B.A., B.Ed.) was a well-known and respected English ...
The joy of a walk in the park after Corona Photos by Omri Horesh After more than a year of conducting Zoom meetings, the Kfar Shmaryahu Club for persons with handicaps finally met in the Raanana Park in April. This was the first face-to-face meeting for me with the group. I started as the new facilitator in October 2020 and it was quite a challenging period only to see my group on Zoom...
Moving Forward: Reflections on Autism, Neurodiversity, Brain Surgery and Faith by Jacki Edry Reviewed by Gloria Deutsch Jacki Edry underwent brain surgery and has a child with autism and others with neurologically- based sensory and learning challenges. And yet her book is full of optimism. It's actually not a depressing read but an uplifting one. ...
Max Barish and his brothers took out an ad decrying Ford. Galia with her mother and grandparents This article was first published in The Forward on December 18, 2013 What possessed a small-town Jewish immigrant family to defy the demands of the anti-Semitic corporate owner of their car dealership franchise? And not just any corporate owner, but Henry Ford Sr. In 1916, my grandfather, Max Barish, along with his brothers and father, opened a For...
On a recent car journey, my husband Dan and I were listening to a Cleo Laine and James Galway album. Dan recalled Cleo Laine's standout performance at Heichal Hatarbut (the Charles Bronfman Auditorium) in Tel Aviv, which led to a discussion about other memorable concerts we'd heard there. This mention of Heichal Hatarbut – the largest concert hall ...
by Ricky Rapoport FriesemKipod Press Cover design: Natalie Friesem and Byron Clarke Available on Amazon Kindle The format of the word sonnet fits perfectly with the social distancing suggested in all these poems written during the past year of Covid 19. A word sonnet is a 14-word poem with one word per line. Each page therefore is a vast white spac...
Denis at his studio: the hub of his artistic creations An artist, a fighter, a noble and loving soul by Dubbie & Ilan Shifrin and Orna Pomerantz (nee Shifrin) (Gussie and Denis Shifrin's children) Denis Shifrin was born in 1927 in Liverpool, England. Denis was known to his friends as a multidisciplinary artist and a talented advertising professional. Yet, very few knew that at the same time as his ...
Photo by Antonino Visalli on Unsplash I Love this Japanese Doctor Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that's it... Don't waste time on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; its' like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live l...