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​Top honor ... David Klein with the ESRA Volunteer Donor Awa...
The 1912 letter asking for the money to be returned

I recently obtained my Israel Tour Guide license. During the...
Rabbi Steinsaltz’s Commentary on Pirkei Avot in Chinese, published by the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications, Jerusalem

What is the connection between Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fa...
Zebras stroll in the park . Story and photos by Richelle Shem-Tov

The Protea, the national flower of South Africa.

A village in the hills of Kwazulu

Sabih and Richelle Shem-Tov on Table Mountain, Cape Town

Shopping in a pedestrian mall

In 1948 Alan Paton wrote a book on South Africa, Cry the Bel...
Tulip and MAIA CEO/Owner Roy Itzhaki ... makes wines with a mission in mind

Australian trained Israeli winemaker David Bar-Ilan values his time in the vineyards as much as the winery

Roy Itzhaki is one of Israel's true wine pioneers in not onl...
This story was inspired by Avshalom Katz, the music teacher at the Ariel School in Raanana. Several of my grandchildren were inspired by his graciousness, love for music and love of children.

Singer Enrico Caruso

Williamsburg in Brooklyn in 1958, and a few old Jews were ga...
Challah basket. Story and photos by Marsha Stein




1. Cut the bags into strips

2. Loop the strips through one another

3.. Pull gently

4. Wind the plarn

How to turn market bags into beautiful items for the home&nb...
Michael, Heidi and Maya Kirsch with Sara Wasa giving her a scholarship in memory of their mother Shirley Kirsch donated by the ESRA Tel Aviv Branch. Photos: by Tal Zuck

Dena Laufer and Bess Hoffman give the ESRA Herzliya and ESRA Jordan Valley/Tiberias scholarship to Banchi Almiyahu

Zehava Yemana received Tel Aviv’s scholarship from Noah Margalit, in memory of Stella Capeluto

Yael Talala received the Raanana scholarship from Glenis and Lawrence Bertfield

Terry Morris, standing in for Irene Stohn and the Kirshner Fund, presents a scholarship to Sara Alemo

Jajou Zero received the Modiin scholarship from branch Co-Chair Jackie Klein

Rivka Ashtaya received the ESRA Netanya scholarship from Chairperson Barbara Kliner.

lse Gluckstadt with her students (from left) Avital Mekonen, Tarkin Adajo, Tzlil Maimon and Youkal Ezra

ESRA's Students Build a community annual Scholarship Award E...
Cochin Synagogue which was built in 1568 and then rebuilt in 1664. Photo: By Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England via Wikimedia Commons

India is a very hot country. We landed in the city of Cochin...

For the past 26 years, since 1990, ESRA has been raising and...
Achinoam Nini

A proud and shining gem in Israel's English-speaking communi...
A Halizah shoe at the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. In the background the ‘Judaism’ sign above a display of footwear of Jewish interest. Photos & text: Lydia Aisenberg

Exterior of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada

Rock of ages ... Bloor-Spadina Street sign of Toronto Jewish times

Normally, a museum focused on shoes would not be anywhere on...
Cover of Israela's self-help book

A sudden and scary diagnosis threw me off balance without wa...
Former basketball player Sapir Efraimson (left) now rugby player using her football skills

Nimrod Danieli ... difficult for young athletes to advance in sport

Sapir pushing her muscles to their limit with powerlifting

Often, when I'm with athletes, I'm asked what I think about ...