ESRAmagazine
The Memorial of the Kibbutzim on the Menashe Hills.     Photos & text: Lydia Aisenberg

A tank tread memorial to a fallen soldier near Kibbutz Beit Hashita in the Jezreel Valley

Almost two and a half thousand Israeli soldiers died in the ...
Cyclamen. Text and Photos by Pamela Levene

Tulip

Dawn was breaking. It looked as if it was going to be a beau...
Nahal camp at Korazin on the northern shore of the Kinneret – building the infrastructure of Moshav Almagor

The writer aged 19, a kibbutz volunteer

On a sultry July day in 1959, I sat on a rock by David`s Tom...

To see a world in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flo...
The Hankins’ house perched above Gideon's spring at Ma'ayan Harod. Photos by Stephen Kliner

Tour guide Stephen Kliner

Arrow slit at Belvoir constructed of local basalt and limestone from nearby Gilboa.

ESRA tour members in front of the Hankins’ tomb

How do you relate a history scanning nearly 4,000 years or m...
A synagogue in the Babylonian Heritage Center in Or Yehuda. Photo: Ayelet Shemesh

The exterior of the Heritage Center has a Moorish influence Photo: Yehuda Katz

A market scene in the Heritage Center. Photo: Susan Lurie

The Rehovot ESRA branch had an outing to the Babylonian Jewr...
Illustration: Denis Shifrin

Two taxi drivers, Sam and Lennie, had been competitors from ...
The serenity of Tiberias   To celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, tour guide ONNIE SCHIFFMILLER describes some of Israel’s gems, both famous and hidden. They are divided by region and highlight restaurants, hikes (some wheelchair-accessible), cultural venues, workshops, and even a little shopping. So, pour yourself a glass of local wine, get comfortable in your favorite chair, and savor the ideas.

Familiar panorama of Tel Aviv

The North Home Hospitality Whenever people ask me why I love...
Characters Srulik and Handala arm in arm ... Lydia Aisenberg at the Wall

In the days when some political cartoonists risk their lives...
Some of the guests at the Independence Day gathering in Raanana: Marilyn Perl, Frances Solomonovitch, Illana Bank and Jennifer (Jen) Gompes

The chefs get ready to prepare the Yom Ha’atzmaut barbecue in Raanana: Spencer Jacob, Martin Perl and Elias McQuade

How did we celebrate Israel's 70th? On Independence Day an E...
Photo by https://torange.biz/fx

Plucky Israel has excelled at so many things and in so many ...



In the years I have been volunteering at an animal shelter, ...
The prisoners’ courtyard at Akko Prison

The gallows at Akko prison

The refectory of the Crusader Hospitaller fortress

Early on November 21, 2017, a day the weatherman had promise...
The coach party of ESRAmagazine folk on their day out make a visit to Israeli West Barta’a. Photo: Lydia Aisenberg

Lydia Aisenberg

 Readers of ESRA magazine are undoubtedly familiar with...
On the breadline ... busy at work at the Abulafia Bakery in Jaffa.

Grandsons of the two parties to the contract holding the original agreement

The familiar site of the Abulafia Bakery in Jaffa

One of the most iconic places to visit in Jaffa is the renow...
Children wearing bar/bat mitvah T-shirts

November 2017: Bar/Bat mitzvah children with the President of Israel

A soldier helping a boy with tefillin

"Everything has an appointed season, and there is a time for...
Tel Aviv’s famous promenade ... the tayelet

I'm having breakfast at a table for two, overlooking the Tel...
All smiles ... enjoying company in the coffee shop

That’s the style ... a visit to the hairdresser

Too many of us worry about eventualities that never happen a...
An agriculture lesson taking place at a youth village in 1966 Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Prelude: my father and I came to live in Israel in May of 19...
David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir “wrapping” above King George Street First Knesset of Israel building in Jerusalem. It is undergoing renovation to become First Knesset Museum. Story and photos: Lydia Aisenberg

The 1959 State funeral of Knesset First Speaker Joseph Sprinzak

The open side of the ‘wrapped’ building where the main entrance and the Sprinzak poster are situated

Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim at the 1958 cornerstone ceremony of the Givat Ram Knesset

Members of the first Israeli Knesset (Parliament) were elect...