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Assaf Friedlander and Niv Zuckerman, Grandson of Pat and Moshe Zuckerman, Won the National Mens Tennis Doubles ChampionshipPassover 2021
By Estelle SlevinSelf-publishedIllustrations by Aliza Friedman Reviewed by Pamela Peled This Happened to Us is one book that Estelle Slevin wishes she'd never had to write. Exactly twenty years ago her son, Mark, died of leukemia after battling the disease for over nine years. He was just fourteen. "One of our pressing needs was to know how to talk...
Judith (in blue and white) dressed for work in the Corona Care Unit at Tel Hashomer Hospital. The Torah Study Group at Beth Protea Patients suffering from the Covid-19 (corona) virus in Israel receive first class medical care, but because the disease is so frightening and isolating, they also need emotional and spiritual help. Hospital pastoral care counselors help provide that aid. Pastoral counseling (ליבוי רוחני) is a form of therapy which uses spiritual resources as well a...
The Late Prof. Myron Lieberman  By Deborah Lieberman and colleagues of Myron from Israel and Abroad Myron Lieberman, our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on February 11th 2021. We are saddened by our loss but are grateful that his passing was quiet and without obvious pain, and that Myron had been able to accomplish significant goals that were...
Cathy Raff at the entrance to Beit Elfashara, decorated with the butterfly motif. Photo courtesy of Nura Kurdi. In-gathering of the seminar participants, From left to right: Nura, Iman, today’s chief cook, her son Samir, who’s helping, and Amal, the assistant cook. Nura on the roof lounge of Beit Elfarasha, overlooking the sea. The table is set, before we begin. Amal is standing to the left. "What is a nice Jewish girl from Columbus, Georgia, doing in Akko, and why?"  When I started writing this article, I wanted to know what a nice Jewish girl from Columbus, Georgia was doing in Akko, and why she was doing what she was doing. Since then, the armed campaign unexpectedly launched on May 10 by Hamas but kept going by Israel, has for...
As Israel is emerging into post-pandemic life thanks to the vaccination, it is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many of our habits and way of life. Given the still existing struggle to cope with the pandemic, it is not so simple to jump on a plane to visit friends abroad or go on vacation with the family. The implications are applicab...
I had heard the story many times. And it never failed to move me. It is one of the many stories about my grandmother, my personal Chaye Sarah. My mother was about seven years old – which places this story in the winter of 1914. Her father had died two years before, leaving his wife, Chaye Sarah, with a houseful of children; my mother was the younge...
Edith Dinar, celebrating her 90th birthday, in Raanana, with her family and friends Happy birthday to Dr Albert Jacobs on his 90th with ESRA friends. From left to right: Estelle Schulgasser, Jeremy Weil, Helen Stohl, Irwin and Ethel Weintraub, Dr. Albert Jacob (on his 90th birthday), Carole Rosenblatt (Chairperson ESRA Beer Sheva), Dr. John and Ruth Gravinar, Joan Avigur, Ingrid Barzel, and Judy Levine. Photo by Wolf Levine Please share your Milestones with ESRA readers: Births, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Marriages, Deaths Email your Milestones to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: 09 950 8371BIRTHSOn your granddaughterSharona and Ari BickLaurence and Bebe JacobsEllen and Emanuel KronitzLinda and Michael SherringtonOn your grandsonEvelyn and Miguel Grausz...
In one of my earliest and fondest memories, I am a small child lying in bed listening to the comforting click of mah-jongg tiles in the living room, as my mother and her friends play, gossip and serve pastry and coffee at their weekly mah-jongg game. My sisters and I thought it hilarious that those old ladies (as they seemed to us then, although th...
How many times have you watched an English language news program and despaired at the way in which Israel's case was being presented by the country's spokesperson? And how often do you feel utterly fed up with the shenanigans of our politicians, and pessimistic about the future? Israel's inadequate hasbara (public advocacy) was particularly evident...