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The Hadera House that Shakes

Shakers Just some of the 26,000 salt and pepper sets at the house in Hadera.


Shakers created by Jewish detainees in Cyprus

Photos by Lydia Aisenberg The private abode of a former Isra...
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RRIS at IDC Success Story

1-1 Jonathan Davis, Head of RRIS & Vice-President for External Relations (back row, third from left), with some of the South Africans studying at IDC, February 2019
When asked by Professor Uriel Reichman, Founder and Presiden...
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Carl Hoffman 1952 - 2019

Carl-Hoffman Carl Hoffman ... unpretentious and eminently accomplished

Portrait of the writer as a young boy

Carl Hoffman in Borneo

Carl Hoffman teaching at a refugee camp in the Philippines

Carl Hoffman (far right) pictured in 2019 at one of the regular ESRA Editorial Board meetings

 IN MEMORIAM Rabbi Stewart Weiss The mystics of Kabbala...
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Kibbutz Building’s Tragic Past

The walls come tumbling down ... demolition of the building in December 2019
Kibbutz founder Kuba Doron breaking rocks for construction. The picture was taken in 1926 when the members were working on the building of the road to Afula – but Doron did the same thing again in the early 1930s to build the children's house

The dreidel memorial and name plaque in a rock commemorating the children who died, behind the concrete dreidel

A bleak day ... the extensively damaged children’s house after the 1948 Chanukah bombing

Story and photos by Lydia Aisenberg Almost a decade aft...
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Remembering Fallen Comrades

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Gun salute ... Max Haber’s funeral at the military cemetery, Ramat Hasharon

Mark and Victor Rosenbaum in Victor’s hospital room in 2017, looking at photos of Norman Rosenbaum

October 2017:Alex Haber viewing photos of his brother with Mark

‘Dateline Sinai’ article by Mark Pinsky found in Norman Rosenbaum’s wallet

This article is reprinted from Moment Magazine - momentmag.c...
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Put it Down to My Condition

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Can’t stand those Hebrew voices on the Israeli Waze

Switch off the radio because of the irritating voices

Hate hearing wrong notes played at classical concerts

Feel uncomfortable when people chomp their food

Is it weird to be pleased to discover that one has a "condit...
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He Helped Build Ashkelon

The shopping and community center in Afridar where the town hall and the Afridar offices were located
Staff of Afridar Housing Corporation Ltd in 1956 . . .Selwyn and Barbara can be seen in the center of the second row

Barbara and Selwyn Lurie who now live in California. The photo was taken on Selwyn’s 97th birthday on 7th August 2019

The Certificate of Honor which the city of Ashkelon presented to Selwyn

Stop press ... The story of how Selwyn built Ashkelon made the front page of the Natal Mercury in August 1958

Ashkelon, 1956: Barbara Lurie outside her home at 7 Johannesburg Road, Afridar

residents of Afridar attending a town hall meeting which was addressed by Selwyn Lurie.

South African Jewry's participation in the founding of moder...
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Ballet Centenary Celebrated

6.2 Happy birthday tutu you ... attending RAD pre-centenary celebrations
Georgina Yacobi with a student

Some of the original RAD teachers pictured in 1972

RAD winners, judges and teachers pictured in 2017

Readers of the ESRA Magazine may be surprised to learn two t...
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Cuba’s Jewish Community

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Suszanna Santana Sadi, youth leader of the Havana Jewish Community

Paying respects ... Fidel Babani Leon at the Jewish cemetery in Havana

A tightly-knit Jewish community whose members escaped the Sp...
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New Zealand at Rosh Hanikra

1.2 The southern entrance to the Rosh Hanikra Tunnel
Brendan Judd’s book The Desert Railway. The writer managed to source two copies in New Zealand

As a New Zealander who had lived and worked many years in Eu...
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Going Bananas

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Illustration: Denis Shifrin Recalling the time a bunch of us...
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Youth for Climate Change

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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (Photo: Wikipedia)

The youth climate change demonstration in Tel Aviv Rothschild Boulevard

A protester with the words “I want to live” etched on her face

Photos: Strike for Future Israel It's sexy, it's cool; the i...
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Downsizing Your Home

downsizing-3 After removing walls and widening doorways, the Blumfields were rewarded with this breathtaking view
Room with a phew!

Flushed with success ... the renovated bathroom

Work in progress ... removing walls and widening doorways

Circumstances dictated that we moved on. If you're thin...
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Zvi Brenner: Israeli Hero

000-test-0005b Zvi Brenner (third from right) and others in Akko prison
Zvi Brenner in the Special Night Squad

Zvi Brenner with Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion

Family man ... Zvi with his children

Zvi with Orde Wingate’s son Jonathan at a memorial to Wingate in Kochav HaYarden

Who helped shape the birth of our nation  Photos from t...
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Secret Jews of New Mexico

mexico-1 Panorama on the road between Santa Fe and Los Alamos, New Mexico
The Hebrew name of Adonai, inscribed on the keystone of the Santa Fe cathedral at the request of a major (Jewish) benefactor

Typical Pueblo Indian-influenced architecture in Santa Fe

The Western movie style lobby of the venerable El Rancho Hotel in Gallup NM, reminiscent of a fancy ski lodge

When Jordi was just ten years old, his grandfather said, "Th...
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Saba’s Bargemitzvah Holiday

Barge-holiday Narrow boat Martha on one of the canals in England
Negotiating one of the many locks

Henry Gild (left) and family enjoying a meal on board narrow boat Martha

Story and photos by Henry Gild​ My wife Chippy and myse...
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Transgender Man

Michael-Alroy Michael Alroy giving his talk on life as a transgender man to ESRA Haifa
Story and photo by Harry Hiller On Sunday 15th Septembe...
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Dementia Journey

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Signs, symptoms, and how to help  What does "dementia" ...
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Staying Power

olim-1 Tzvika Graiver (left) and LiAmi Lawrence awaiting olim at Ben-Gurion Airport

Tzvika Graiver lobbying the Knesset over driving licence examinations

King of the road ... LiAmi Lawrence with his driving licence document

KeepOlim "No Oleh Alone" Program ... Pesach with Olim from around the world and their Israeli hosts

Organization's aim is to keep immigrants from leaving Israel...
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A Great Honor for all Litvaks!

litvaks-1 Abel and Glenda Levitt with the Lithuanian ambassador to Israel, Mr Edminas Bagdonas, at the Lithuanian Embassy in Tel Aviv
The Star of Lithuanian Diplomacy, the highest Lithuanian medal of Diplomacy

Abel and Glenda Levitt with their children Ari, Sonya, Adam and Mia

The Lithuanian Embassy in Tel Aviv held a ceremony on June 5...
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