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Shirimon Rimon Music School Annual Singing Competition  Warning: gushing granny alert!  You might say I married into music. Rusty, my husband, played violin as a boy. His mom, a piano teacher, forfeited a lavish wedding in favor of a Steinway boudoir grand. It found its way into our parlor, where visiting virtuosos wowed us, as my sister-...
Photo by Niilo Isotalo on Unsplash  It was during the last summer of the 20th century that I found myself standing, one of two people, next to an open grave, in a cemetery not far from Tel Aviv.After an illness which had wasted her away, a friend had died and was to be buried there. For many years Helen was one of the few customers at my bookshop in Ibn Gvirol, and also one of ...
Poetry from Israel & Abroad, Vol. 46 Published by Voices of Israel, 2020 Soft cover; 155 pages Purchase from www.voicesisrael.com; NIS 50 for non-members, $25 for outside Israel incl. shipping With the emergence of Modern Poetry, there has been an unleashing of poetic form that runs the gamut from traditional poems containing meter and rhyme to...
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz changed his family name to Even-Israel at the suggestion of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, but kept the name Steinsaltz for all his publications. Rabbi Steinsaltz was a teacher, philosopher, social critic, and prolific writer. He published over 300 titles. His lifelong work in Jewish education earned hi...
"We don't need pity, we need jobs," a prostitute told Tabea Oppliger six years ago in Zurich. From then on, Oppliger and her husband decided to help eradicate female trafficking and prostitution. Now twelve people who used to sell sex on the street are now selling bags instead, made out of recycled, lightweight kite materials in a workshop in Tel A...
Photo by clipart-library.com Suddenly faced with time thrust on us when lockdown arrived overnight, we made all kinds of resolutions about what would keep us busy for the duration of the isolation in the expectation that it would be a few weeks at the most. Realistically, this could be thought of as a golden opportunity to tidy all our cupboards, sort out our pictures and answ...
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 ...