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One of the tough things about grandchildren is answering tho...
Members of ESRA Ramat Aviv at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Technology in Rehovot


Inside the Weizmann home

On a very beautiful, but very warm July 4th morning, a full ...

We had another one of those false alarms on Friday in the lo...
Michael and Judy Copeland in 1968

Dr. Justin Phillips

At Sde Boker 1968 with Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Michael Copeland

1969: WUJS students go on an outing

People have often asked me how the WUJS Institute began, so ...
A ticket to ride … Orna Shimoni of the Four Mothers movement and grandsons and (right) ESRA Yokneam branch coordinator Mimi Samucha waiting for the Peace Train at the Kfar Yehoshua-Yokneam station

M.K. Yehuda Glick, addressing the WWP in the Park Eucalyptus, Bet Shean

Give peace a chance...collective plea from WWP activists to Israel politicians

 During the Pesach holidays, over a thousand Jewish and...
Talya’s uncle Sidney Bensaid, who fell in the first battle of the Six-Day War

Talya Dahan (left) with her mother, Tsiona (center) attend the troops’ homecoming

Sidney Bensaid’s temporary grave at Beeri, before being transferred to Mount Hertzl

It was hot and dusty in Beersheba in late May, 1967. I had j...
Roman and Byzantine city with the high mound that was Biblical Beit She’an

Underfloor heating system at Beit She’an

With great excitement, I was awakened on Wednesday morning b...
Front row: Dr. Bornstein, head of the Burns Unit with his wife and twin sons and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Back row: Prof. Chaim Boiches, who became Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, other volunteer doctors from the U.S., Australia and England and Ben Novis (second on the right)

In May 1967, I was in London doing post-graduate medical stu...
Rona Harris and a guard at the Wall during her three months in Israel after the war

I was a medical technician at the Jewish General Hospital in...
1965: Dov Vogel (standing, left) with other teenagers on the Masada summer program in Israel

 I had finished my first year at university and was wor...
The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem (Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Common)

Exhibits at the Lehi Museum. (Photo: Dr. Avishai Teicher via Wikimedia Commons)

Underground Prisoner Museum, Akko. (Photo: Dr. Avishai Teicher via Wikimedia Commons)

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) sets standards w...
Singing in their mother tongues (from left) Dana Keren, Meera Eilabouni and Diane Kaplan (Photo: Gal Mosenson)

Pete Seeger: His protest songs were banned

One of my most abiding memories of my South African childhoo...
It's early 1968, and left-hander Ilana Walsh is in the Arad area of southern Israel, taking aim with a rifle under the watchful eye of a young Ulpan student.

Ilana (second left) with fellow students at Ulpan in WUJS, Arad

Sitting alongside Amud Habulbusim, the stone structure which supposedly marks the location of ancient Arad. In 1968, the structure marked the entrance to the town, but today it is surrounded by a memorial park.

I was born in Leeds, England, and in 1966 graduated from Cam...
Weeding cotton at Ma’ayan Baruch during the Six-Day War

I think it's fair to say that for the majority of volunteers...
Sawyer, Maia’s ‘chief advisor’ . . .

The most delightful thing about being a new immigrant is tha...
Israeli helicopter flying over Kibbutz Ma’ayan Baruch

Entrance to the Ma’ayan Baruch shelter

Syrian shells landing near Ma’ayan Baruch . . . a photo taken from the entrance to the kibbutz shelter


The dramatic photos shown here were taken during the Six‐Day...
Volunteers busy clearing the trenches

Volunteers picking fruit at one of the orchards at Ma’ayan Baruch

I was 22 and very busy creating a crucially important step i...
Talking politics ... Prof Mordecai Keder with Evelynne Cherny (left) and Cynthia Barmor, chair of ESRA Modiin

Part of the large audience listening with enthrallment to Prof Kedar

With a record number of people attending, our Modiin branch ...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

My first time traveling to Israel was as a 23 year old Jewis...
Canaanite gate at Megiddo

At the Carmelite monastery ... a statue and (Below) one of the attractive gardens

Inside the water tunnel

Our final stop, was at the Muhraqa Carmelite Monastery in the Carmel mountains near Haifa

Story and photos by Yael Meyer "Kalaniot" (anemones) come in...