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Daniella and Grant Crankshaw Center Stage in Raanana There is a cozy little theater around the corner on HaMasger Street in the Raanana industrial area. It was born out of a dream that we harbored for 20 years: to open the first professional English language theater in Israel. In February 2019, that dream began to come true. For nine months we poured everything we had into transforming an empty space...
As part of the collaboration with ISEF (Israel Scholarship Education Foundation), MA students from ISEF receive a scholarship in exchange for volunteering hours to mentor our students in the Students Build a Community Project in Akko in entrepreneurship, hi-tech development and leadership. We are planning to have eight meetings during the year, one...
The Carmel Disaster Memorial with victims names engraved on the wall and above the wreaths, photograph of the burned out bus. Four large flags, standing side by side atop huge metal posts, flap noisily in a very strong late autumn breeze. Text and photos: Lydia Aisenberg Four large flags, standing side by side atop huge metal posts, flap noisily in a very strong late autumn breeze. The wind is more than welcoming on a rather hot November day as this writer stands on a Carmel mountain range hill, under the shadow of Kibbutz Beit Oren sitting on a close but higher promontory, and...
By Rabbi Gail Shuster-Bouskila 2021/5781 In 2020/5780, I spent Pesach "home alone" for the first time in my life because of the lockdown due to the COVID-19 situation in Israel. Before the holiday I was very dismayed at having to spend the holiday that requires sharing the experience to make it complete: And you shall explain to your child on that ...
Moysian fits (named for Alphonse "Sonny" Moyse) are simply 4-3 trump fits. These hands can be very tricky to play, but there's no reason to panic. As long as you keep your head, you should be able to handle these fits. How do we wind up in Moysian fits? Of course, it could be the result of a bidding misunderstanding but I prefer to think it's by de...
Once again the ESRA quiz took place with teams from up and down the country. We had 17 teams and nearly 200 computers in operation at the same time. It was a nerve-wracking experience. I had the best team ever with Neil Spungin who wrote the questions. Laurence Jacobs was the tech guy behind the scenes making sure everything ran smoothly. Lawrence ...
After a long illness of 17 years, my mother, Cynthia Sandra Kahanovitz passed away on December 13, 2020. She is mourned by her husband, Keevan, 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren. In 1977, Keevan, Cynthia and their children left Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to make a new home in Raanana. It was a life-long dream of hers. We, her children, learnt eigh...
Renee Sacks was born on October 5, 1935 and passed away on January 21, 2021. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York and spent most of her adolescent years between New York and Tel Aviv. Her grandfather Shmuel Sacks was the founder of Meshi Sacks (Sacks Silks), one of the early textile factories in Israel. She immigrated to Israel in 1950. In 1954 she...
To Rhona Berzack We are lucky to have two apartments for Chayalim Bodedim (lone soldiers) in Modiin, and are currently establishing a third. The soldiers depend on us for all of their needs, but thanks to ESRA Modiin's knitting group, we are confident they will be comfortable and warm this winter. As in the past, the knitting group has graciously a...
The year is 1988. The receptionist in the Manhattan office where I worked was an interesting woman. Mary Tetrault, a widow, retired, a former ladies fashion designer in New York's Garment Center, a French Canadian Catholic who spoke perfect Yiddish. She lived in a doorman building on Fifth Avenue in the East 60s across from Central Park, near Templ...