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Photos by Anat Harrel and Steve Gray Kibbutz Hannaton is a small, family-oriented kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley, founded by members of the Masorti (Conservative) movement. It's a pleasant place to live for its mainly young residents, with a strong community spirit and an admirable Educational Center, but it has never been particularly well known ou...
It was very dark, icy cold and wet outside. Cold, wet and dark as only a Liverpool winter afternoon could be. The sliding doors between the two big classrooms had been pushed aside and the desks removed. The result was a huge, hall-like room. At one end was a stage and at the other a huge fireplace glowed and sparkled, burning the people sitting ri...
During the last months of World War II, my parents and my six-year-old brother were hiding in the woods of Olsavica, located in the Carpathian Mountains of the Slovak State, which had been declared by the Clerical-Fascist regime of Jozef Tiso. On their return after the daily struggle to survive, strengthened only by the hope to be reunited with the...
Written and illustrated by Richard CodorPublishers: Behrman House 2011, Paperback, 44 pagesISBN: 978-0-87441-882-8Cost: $9.95 (Amazon)Reviewed by Jennia Ganit Chodorov   Hanukkah miracles can occur anywhere and in many forms. This richly illustrated children's book depicts the poor Small family, whose dad is bestowed a magic potato by a strang...
Your Jewish mother is proud of you for wearing a mask. But also disappointed, because she knows how nice you would have looked if you had become a doctor. Devorah, cranky because her husband was late coming home again, decided to leave a note, saying, "I've had enough and have left you...don't bother coming after me". Then she hid under the bed to ...
This has been a strange and unsettling time. You all know why. And so, when the VOLUME Center in east Netanya sent out invitations to come and hear, watch and enjoy the young talents being cultivated and encouraged by the Center it was my opportunity to experience both the joy and the frustrations of the VOLUME kids. VOLUME Center East Netanya is a...
Photo credit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Galila Ron-Feder Amit‎, born 1949, is an author of books for Israeli children. She has written 400 books, as well as television and film scripts. She also published a children's nature magazine and served as editor of a science magazine for young readers. She i...
Ortal joined ESRA's Students Build a Community this year, as a student. She is mentoring a group of four girls in fourth grade in the Azorim neighborhood of Netanya. Ortal is the fifth daughter after four sons in a family of 13 (11 children). Her parents emigrated from Ethiopia in 1991 with two children. Ortal was born in Israel. Her pare...
One hundred people recently logged in to a Zoom meeting with Google's VP and Director of EMEA Emerging Markets. Despite the impressive title, Meir Brand proved to be a regular friendly Israeli guy, very well-spoken, knowledgeable, and personable. He started off with a glimpse of three major future technological trends. Connectivity: Half the world'...
Members of our Negev ESRA knitting group, also known as "The Woolpack" are: Leslie Baker, Leah Bracha Sneider, Maggie Cohen, Erika Dubb, Batya Fonda, Sharon Frankel, Ruth Friesem, Ann Hurowitz, Leiah Jaffe, Judy Levin and Carole Rosenblatt. My mother was a great knitter and crocheter. She still would be, but at the age of 93, in spite of bilateral ...