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The winners are... The year 2020 presented us with difficult challenges in the work of students with the children in the neighborhoods. We were determined to continue to address these children, especially at a time when schools were not operating, and children were spending long days at home in front of the computer or phone. Some did not connect t...
The Israeli Intelligence Community: An Insider's Viewby Ephraim LapidGefen Publishing House, 2020Paperback, 272 pages$29.95 from Gefen or $28 plus $5.95 shipping from AmazonReviewed by Shlomo Liberman Brig. Gen. (Res) Dr. Ephraim Lapid is in a unique position to write about the Israeli intelligence community. He served in leading capacities in the ...
 I have occasionally mused about how I might be remembered. I look at my children and grandchildren and see them as my gift to the world, a gift that will carry on after I'm gone. But is it enough? What about all the things I've worked for during my life? Will my efforts simply cease? Well actually, they don't have to. There is a way that I ca...
NEW HOMEBlanche Blumberg | Tel MondBIRTHSOn your granddaughterRennie & Zeev Rafaely, on EdenOn your grandsonRhonda Abramson, on JonathanOn your great grandsonSusan KurnedzBARMITZVAHOn your grandsonHannah GillmanRina and Richard Stein, on Yair NirENGAGEMENTSDoreen & Willie Malkinson, on ShaniMalkinson to Marom TzabariANNIVERSARYCecily and Av...
Paul Alster (Photo: Courtesy.) New political thriller "Kin or Country" pulls no punches. Its author, broadcaster and journalist Paul Alster, intrepidly launches head-on into a problem which threatens to overturn the status quo in Israel, namely: the anticipated demographic shift whereby charedim (the ultra-religious) become the majority. The impetus for writing this debut novel ...
During tax year 2020 there was no major tax legislation introduced by the U.S. or Israel except for the previous stimulus relief packages. However, now that President Joe Biden and the Democrats have control of the executive and legislative branches of the government you can expect a flurry of tax legislations during tax year 2021 especially potent...
Children and parents holding a banner saying “Declare an Emergency Climate Crisis!” You can't expect a mother to do nothing when her child's whole future is at risk.  Parents in Israel and across the world joined youth climate strikers in a global day of climate action on 25th September 2020. In addition to Israel, parents from Brazil, Nigeria, India, Australia, Poland, UK, Germany and many other countries took part in the da...
 Unity is the Key As I write, the sad news of the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has been announced. The former Chief Rabbi of the British United Hebrew Congregation made a huge philosophical contribution to the wider society, and I would like to begin with the following prophetic quote from his book The Dignity of Difference (2002). "Ch...
Corona causes changes, even in ESRA Magazine The skies have broken – lightning, thunder, rains peltering down. Stormy weather as I write. So too in ESRA Magazine. Tradition of forty-one years has been broken. In 2021 we will publish four issues instead of five issues a year. Sad I am, worried too that we will be reaching out to you our readers less...
Hard to believe this is a wild carrot (Photo: Debbie Zimelman) Nature ‘n Nosh — A family of all ages Nature ‘n Nosh Picnic Ten years ago, out of the blue, I had the first opportunity to change the course of my life. I had been happily working as an aliyah advisor in Modiin when government budget cuts forced me to look for a new direction. Having gained so much satisfaction from helping immigrant families, I thought long and hard about finding a career in an area I was ...