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Fonda Dubb, walking the first day after her hip replacement with her physiotherapist, at Tel Hashomer Hospital, Nov 8, 2019 According to the organization StandWithUs, 35 percent of all doctors in Israel are from the Arab sector.I have had five operations in Tel Hashomer hospital over a period of 10 years. I almost feel like a member.Arab doctors have treated me with utmost care. I want to draw attention to this because of the "hate mail" on Facebook towards the Arab pop...
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Dateline: March 13, 2020A storm raged last night, the winds howled, my shutters banged closed, chairs, buckets, plants were thrown to the ground, and the streets were deserted. Environmental havoc. This too as the pandemic rages, creating pandemonium, panic. Total uncertainty. Yesterday ESRA's chairman and small staff worked feverish...
The Gojo House, a mud and straw one-room Ethiopian hut A bread similar to challah is baked for Shabbat Learning Ethiopian dance Debbie Efron translates for the sister of Maryam, Bat HaMidbar's founder On an excursion with members and friends of Bet Israel Masorti Kehillah of Netanya, Marsha Stein traveled south and met with women who have made unique contributions to their cultures and to the mosaic that is Eretz Yisrael.Photos by Alan Stein  Atachlit, Beta Israel Village​ Atachlit is an Ethiopian farm whose sign, Beta Israel Village, ...
Cyclist Gino Bartali By Laurence Lebor in action in 1945 (Photo: Wikipedia) Memorial plaque dedicated to Gino Bartali in Terontola Riding up to Assisi Last September I participated in a remarkable and inspiring bike ride in Italy. I was one of a group of 45 riders who rode from Florence to Assisi in one day, a distance of 200 km, to honor the memory of Gino Bartali, the legendary Italian cyclist who saved many Jews in 1943 by hiding false passports and documents in the tubes of his bike, and dist...
Music legend has the audience singing and dancing in their seats at ESRA fundraiser  ESRA Chairman Terry Morris at the podium Tarkin Adago telling his moving story Danny Sanderson and his band on stage The audience enjoying the show Photos: Richard HalonIt may have been raining outside but the warmth of ESRA's major annual fundraising event brought smiles all around. Danny Sanderson and his band had the audience singing along, clapping and even dancing in their seats.Who could not be happy listening to this group of outstanding performers? Chairman Terry Morris welcomed the au...
The Welfare of the PeopleAs I write, Pesach is almost upon us. It is a time of year when we spare a thought for the needy who may not have family or friends with whom to share the holiday, nor anyone to provide them with the support they so vitally need. In every ESRAmagazine we write about some aspect of ESRA's work in the community, taking pride ...
A niece of Nora Leiczuk Goldfinger cuts the ribbon Story and photos by Malcolm MandelGolfer Mark Bloom is the man behind a new unique golf teaching facility in Israel for people with special needs. The center, at Kibbutz Beit Yitchak, near Netanya, was opened at an event in December attended by a large crowd of invited guests, many of them Irish.Mark has constructed practice nets and converted a sa...
Nitzan Krivine in her local supermarket with the chocolate bars printed with her cake After winning the first season of Bake Off Israel in 2016, the Vered HaGalil Chocolate Factory asked me to bake the cake to be on new packaging for their dark chocolate. They requested two different cakes to choose from and loved them both. Time passed and the new chocolate didn't come out. Management changed and everyone working on the project was...
Eli with friends Judy, Annabel and Shlomo Eli’s friends Stu and Edward New friends are silver, old friends are gold. All of us have said it or heard it. Some of us may even believe it. I don't, anymore.For the last three years I have been commuting between Israel and Chicago where my lady friend Judy lives. Other than my son Dan and his family I didn't know a soul in that city. But I have found that one can make good ...