ESRA Magazine
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Pesach is a night of questions, but there is one we do not a...
Oscar and Judy Prager

David Prager with his father Oscar

The evening of the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht saw mor...
Debbie Sinai (left) with Dina Yoshimi, who led the prayers so beautifully

The window in the chapel

"My heart is in the East, and I am at the end of the West......
Manuscript in the Etz Haim Library, Amsterdam. Story and photos by Harry D. Wall

The philosopher Spinoza

The interior of Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue

The Jewish cultural district of Amsterdam

A visit to Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam requires a s...
Reconstruction of Pakicetus attocki (fossil whale) by James St. John:

Scientific Midrash of how the whale became a whale by invoki...
Musical duo Jeff and Janis ... loved ‘doing Jewish’

Here’s where those melody makers hung out – in New York’s Tin Pan Alley. Photo: Wikipedia

Do American Jewish audiences still want to hear live Jewish ...

Judy and Cyril FisherCarol and Ben NovisNydia and Arne Rabuc...
The Holiday Series, Rosh Hashanah (1948) Attribution: Arthur Szyk, via Wikimedia Commons

The Selihot service is a request for forgiveness and mercy f...
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...
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...
Soba with mango, aubergine and tofu. Photo credit: Jessica Spengler

There are many connections between Yom Kippur and vegetarian...
A smile from the proud boy destined to die at Auschwitz “Angel Boy”, 1943, photo of a young Rhodian Jewish boy, of the Angel family, wearing the Star of David on the lapel of his coat. The Jews of Rhodes were not required to wear the Star. For the photo he is wearing it as an innocent gesture of pride, instead of its actual use as a symbol for persecution. Tragically, the boy was deported the following year to Auschwitz, where he was murdered along with about 1,500 Jews of Rhodes.

Inside the Jewish Museum of Rhodes Photo: Courtesy of the Jewish Museum in Rhodes

Holocaust Memorial in the heart of the Juderia in Rhodes

Picturesque ... the exterior of Kahal Shalom Synagogue, Rhodes

 "No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to t...
ESRA members at the Ayalon Institute Bullet Factory view one of the exhibits. Photos: Uri Themal and Dennis Kaliser

The hole under the boiler in the laundry through which the kibbutz workers squeezed to descend to the underground factory

The Ayalon Institute, now a museum, was a secret ammunition ...
Holocaust and Genocide Memorial grove, Sonoma State University campus

A few of the 460 ceramic memorial bricks under the railway tracks

Designed to honor survivors and victims of the Holocaust and...
1944: Mark Olds with (from left) Maria Schwartz, Madame Schwartz and Léonie Schwartz

1985: Maria (left) and Léonie with Mark

The Schwartz sisters in the 1940s

A reunion in Luxembourg in 1985 for Mark and Sally Wendkos Olds with members of the Schwartz family, including Maria and Léonie

A few years ago the writer reconnected with Maria, then aged 92, and met Maria’s daughter (left)

 In my last semester at Penn, I met the man I would mar...
Second generation Holocaust survivors Zvi Berkovitch and Judy Goldstein each light memorial candles at the Modiin ceremony in memory of the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis (Photos: Flori Cohen, Sruly Cooper, Avraham Rotstein)

Found in a ghetto ... a hand-drawn birthday card, now at Yad Vashem

Sara Shor, of Yad Vashem, speaking

From left to right: Dr. Teria Shantall, Shlomo Pazzy, Deputy Mayor of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, Gerry Wine, Ruchama Berkovitch, Achinoam Rotstein

ESRA Modiin Chair Cynthia Barmor (left), ESRA Membership Chair Carol Lipman (center) and Jackie Klein speaking at the event

The Holocaust was an atrocity carried out by a monster of ev...
The compass which was lost more than 70 years ago

Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director of Givat Haviva, with the compass at MORESHET presentation ceremony

Haviva Reik (second from left) and her British Army Palmach comrades training in Egypt

 A small pocket compass dropped in Slovakia by pre-Stat...
Midnight on Yom Hazikaron in the cemetery on the Mount of Olives

The resting place of Gracia (Yaffa) Harush in the cemetery on the Mount of Olives

Story and photos by Richard Shavei-Tzion Walking through the...
April 29 1979: Victory Day and the Victors plus 250,000 supporters Photo: courtesy Ilya Levkov

Sylva Zalmanson poster Drawing by Yosef Kozkovski, by Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry

A night at the movies ... film makers Edward Kuznetsov and Anat Zalmanson Kuznetsov at the Tel Aviv premier of Operation Wedding Photo: Jane Kravchik

"Ever since I was a little girl, people always asked me: 'Do...
Dr. Warren Goldstein

The following article is based on a moving speech given by S...