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September 2020 saw the retirement of Stuart Miller from the Raanana ESRA Nearly New Shop, after nine years of selfless service. Stuart was born in Leeds, UK, in 1944. He studied at Leeds Grammar School, 1955-1961. After leaving school he worked in his father's business for thirty years. His father bought, warehoused and distributed British and impo...
AKA weekends away with Judy and Ray Lenore and I hit the jackpot 41 years ago with our new son-in-law, Moti. Little did we know that his parents, Judy and Ray, would become our dear and close friends. We were living in Pomona, NY, a suburb of New York City, and they were living in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Our first outing to...
For the second year, Voices Israel Group of Poets in English is opening a Young Poets Competition to perpetuate the memory of a talented young poet, the late Bar Sagi, who tragically passed away at the age of 15. Born in Rehovot, her family took her to the United States during her first school years and she returned with a perfect command of Englis...
Photo by Francesco Alberti on Unsplash We studied to become Conservative Rabbis at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. My friend and classmate Rabbi Sol Hurwitz (not his real name) lives in New York City. His son, Baruch, is an Orthodox rabbi there. Not long ago, Sol took his 12-year-old granddaughter to the planetarium. During the show the narrator mentioned that the earth was ...
Accolades  The magazine looks really great with the fresh new look. Well done to you all.Lydia Aisenberg, Kibbutz Mishmar Haemek I love the new layout of the latest ESRA Magazine, it definitely has a new look and feel to it. Glenis Bertfield, Raanana Mazel tov on the new look magazine. It is a huge step up from the previous layout. It looks fr...
Following its success in Netanya, a similar project was opened in 2019 in Akko, a mixed Arab/Jewish town in the North of Israel. Students are provided with housing in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and in return, they mentor a group of local schoolchildren which helps to promote social integration and community involvement for kids and their families...
King David Hotel afternoon tea (Photo: courtesy of the King David Hotel Jerusalem) The debate continues to rage: Devonshire Cream Tea Scone with clotted cream beneath the fruit preserves – versus the Cornish variation which places the fruit preserves beneath the cream. Photo Gavin Gross, at The Wolseley, London  It is a truth generally acknowledged that a lady's favorite repast is afternoon tea. Neither is it much disdained by many men. (With apologies to Jane Austen.) Memories of afternoon tea conjure up warm nostalgia and a plethora of vividly descriptive adjectives redolent with indulgence. However, there is also a general confusion in some quarters as ...
Photos by Yad Ezer L'Haver "A Beauty Contest for Holocaust Survivors? Seriously?" I thought when I learnt about the annual pageant for Holocaust Survivors held by Yad Ezer L'Haver, a nonprofit organization which provides assisted living for Holocaust Survivors in Haifa. No, you did not misunderstand. It is a Beauty Pageant, where the participants t...
A sign and poster on a building that was Orde Wingate’s headquarters in Kibbutz Ein Harod in the 1940s Most young Israelis would associate the name Wingate with Israel's most impressive facility for sport education spread over expansive grounds, hugging the coast and azure Mediterranean waters, just a short drive from the popular-with-Brits seaside resort of Netanya. A high percentage of the younger generation today would not know that the full titl...
,After Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa, the story of life under apartheid for Blacks needed to be told. In 2001 an apartheid museum was duly opened in Johannesburg. It is considered the preeminent museum of apartheid. Surprisingly, one wall of the museum is devoted to a white Jewish anti-apartheid activist and politician by the name...