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Photos by John Woo. The Flower Shop by Mindy Weisel Some art shouts out: "I'm famous!" and we recognize it with a jolt of satisfaction – that's a Mondrian, or a Monet. Some paintings exclaim: "I'm expensive; possess me and feel rich" Collectors amass Picassos galore. And then there is the work that enters your eyes and snuggles in your heart and whispers, "I'm talking to YOU!" These rare creations c...
It started with an announcement in the ESRA Newsletter #5 January/February 1980: "To Pensioners: Please join us at an informal get-together to chat about possible future activities of pensioners, on Sunday, March 9th, at 19:30 at the Brods, 12/4 Hanadiv St., Herzliya. RSVP – 987824. If you need transport please phone 938183 (daily) or 986461 (Wed. ...
A friend of mine recently sat Shiva for a dearly beloved husband. One well-meaning visitor comforted her by saying, "Don't worry; you'll find someone else soon". Another friend who sat Shiva told me that she was hurt when a friend came into her home wearing a pair of jeans and an old shirt. "I was cleaning my house and ran out of cleaning detergent...
Ian Selwyn with a selection of flowers Ian (Itzik) Selwyn was 15 years old when he made aliyah from England with his parents and sister in 1979. After a long spell in the Raanana Absorption Center the family moved to Moshav Kfar Yedidia, where they still live. The moshav is located in the central district of Israel, with a population of 650 people, covering 3,000 dunams. Founded in 1935...
Etched in the desert . . . rock art found on Mount Karkom Action . . . filming on the mountain  I found out about the Mount Karkom colloquium by accident. Three weeks before it took place I walked into my boss's office - Eitan Hershko, manager of the Eilat Field School - just as he opened the document announcing it. I'd heard about Prof. Anati's work years ago and had wanted to go, but the site is in a restricted military area and visit...
...Rica's delivery is perfect. On Wednesday afternoon, May 1, three piles of ESRAmagazines were delivered to Rica Goldin at her central Tel Aviv apartment. On Thursday morning, May 2, at 7.00am, I retrieved my ESRAmagazine from my mailbox. As far as I know, Rica delivers far more magazines than any other volunteer. She is given between 35 to 40 mag...
We met on the Tel Aviv seafront overlooking the yachts in the Marina. Maestro Stern was easy to recognize, neatly and casually dressed. His manners were clearly European, not New York, and his English delightfully colored by a French accent. He was completing his current season with the Israel Opera as their musical director. He greeted me warmly a...
How Country Music Helped Me to Make Aliyah By Lois Michal Unger Poetech Books, Tel Aviv, 2012.  A short autobiographical novel, it tells the story of a couple of hippies, their adventures across America from Vermont to Arizona, how they find their Jewish identity and move with their family to Israel. Available at: Halper Books, 87 Allenby St.,...
The Lev Hamifratz ESRA branch will be two years old this August. We have two major activities that are proving to be very successful: helping teach English to children in various schools, and befriending, where and when necessary. The committee of Lev Hamifratz branch would like to thank all the volunteers from the Krayot and Haifa who have been he...
THE ESRA Knitting Group was well represented at the recent Sustainability Fair in Raanana, and they were thrilled to be received with such enthusiasm. People were amazed at the knitted items on display and to hear about all the locations in Israel to which we donate our sweaters, blankets, hats and other items for the needy. This past year we donat...