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TEL AVIV resident Michael Gal received a very special birthday card to mark his 100th birthday recently . . it came from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Of course, Michael is no stranger to queens, kings or knaves as he’s a regular bridge player – and bridge champion – at the The Kikar HaMedina Bridge Club.

Queen Elizabeth's greeting card. The inscription says: “Congratulations and best wishes to you for such a special occasion.”

Please share with ESRA readers your celebrations - Births, B...
The group outside the Gojo house at the Atachlit Ethiopian Farm

Story by By Adele Rubin and Nina Zuck A few years ...
Claire Rabin

It is vacation time again, the time when we start having a l...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

Devastating blaze raises safety drill question for Israel hi...
Henry Shakenovsky on his bridge over untroubled waters in his Ramat Hasharon garden. Story and photos by Lynette Karp

A koi swims in the stone fish pond

 Henry Shakenovsky is not only a distinguished man of t...



Five Seasons in the Kitchen: Zen-inspired Vegan Cooking Cook...
The wedding photo of Itzhak Maron’s parents . . . shown to him by a relative when he visited Lithuania

He opened the battered rusty metal tin and started to reveal...
Children performing on stage.

Ofer Orenstein, a Netanya councilor who started the Students Build a Community project and is head of the SBC Steering Committee

This article is not about me. Well, it is also about me. But...
Howard H Schack ... the one person you would least suspect of being a spy

Schack’s award-winning book A Spy in Canaan which was first published in 1995





My friend Howard H. Schack, an extraordinary human being, pa...
What is it about the timing of Rosh Hashanah? "Ooooooh it's ...
Photo Credit: Airpix www.flickr.com

One of the tough things about grandchildren is answering tho...
The children celebrating Lag Ba’Omer with Polly

Judah and the Shavuot parade

Young gardeners with Simone

 What do you expect when you walk into a lively kinderg...
Spelling success ... (from left) school principal Ran Shem Tov, teacher Malka Ela Gabriel, Peta Singer and Sima Lewis. Photos: Harvey Lewis




Taking pride in their school through art, music and gardening

"Hello". Welcome". "We are pleased to see you". A group of t...
Photos: Bar Snir





No sugar, no white flour is chock-full of dried fruits – it'...
Don’t let this happen ... make sure your computer data is backed up


The aim of this short article is to give you an idea how to ...
Cover painting on the 1946 New Year issue of Unzer Sztyme depicting prisoners in Bergen-Belsen before liberation

1947 special Rosh Hashanah Yiddish language issue of Unzer Sztyme (Our Voice) created in Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp

A demand to open the gates of Palestine

From Netzach Yisrael ... a sad young boy in a displaced persons camp

A 68-year-old handwritten Yiddish language magazine, page ed...
Learning about Herzl's early life with “guests” from his era. Story and photos by Yael Meyer

Entering Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

Inside Theodore Herzl’s office

On a lovely day in April, a busload of ESRA day-trippers tra...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

 It was a hot day when I discovered I needed some disti...
Mai Mazarieb ... on her graduation

Mai Mazarieb ... she says her mother always pushed her to study

Coming from an ultra-conservative society where women are no...
Project coordinator Limor Davidoff with her students from Neot Shaked. Photos: Elad Argaman

Our pupils dancing together with Einsarra, an authentic Ethiopian band

A big moment for two pupils on the stage

The energy is palpable. The air is bursting with enthusiasm....