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From the Editor 187

For the past 26 years, since 1990, ESRA has been raising and investing moneys in Israel's less privileged children, teenagers and young adults through our community fund. The cover photo and an article feature our Students Build a Community scholarships awardees in Netanya; and a review on David Klein who was honored by ESRA for his extremely generous donation which in the past few years has already helped 260 students to complete their university studies and realize their dreams. Marsha Ohayon writes with excitement about tutoring schoolchildren within our English Tutoring Project, which is another way ESRA advances youth, not with money but with human resources investment by our exceptional volunteers.

Our people stories include: personal encounters with Shimon Peres still vivid in the memory of Pamela Levene; Gloria Deutsch's invaluable contribution of over 25 years to ESRAmagazine; artist Dalia Rosenfeld who lives in Tiberias; 96-year-old Rene Karat who was presented with the Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur on board a ship in Haifa; Eallan Hirshfeld whose latest enterprise is aimed at offering drivers fair prices, top quality materials on repairs of their cars; David Goodman, Marion Lupu's uncle, who dreamed of studying as a young man but had to work for the family's living, was only able to do so at age 50 and wrote a book at age 83.

You'll enjoy reading what really ails our politicians; how Pnina Kass learned Hebrew from waiting in line; about Rhoda Goodman's views on how her life has turned into Goundhog Day; and Lola Katz gives away her secret of how she entertains her grandchildren with "Seret Noona".

The origins of Herzliya Pituach is documented in a book brought out by children who grew up there; The Israel Warrior will help you explain away the false allegations against Israel; The Reb and the Rebel is the story of Yehuda Leib Schrire who took his Jewish way of life with him to South Africa. Talking of South Africa, read Richelle Shem-Tov's memories about the land she loved.

If your hands are itching to be creative, read Marsha Stein's shuk bags; or join an ESRA Knitting and Crochet group.

For local sites to visit read about the village life of the Maccabees, the day trip Netanya branch organized, and Merhavia, the first communal agricultural settlement in the Jezreel Valley. If you are looking for overseas ideas, read about Italy's Lake Iseo, Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum or the ancient synagogue in Cochin.

Israela Meyerstein shares her spiritual way of dealing with her cancer. Claire Rabin invites you to consult with her if you have a problem via our new column. Another new column is Nitzan Krivine's healthy baking where she will give a recipe each issue. If on food/wine, for social contributions read about how Roy Itzhaki's Tulip and Maia wineries help lone soldiers and adults who have mental handicaps, and a new project initiated by Sharon Hoffer called 'Suspended Coffee'.

To help ESRA's valuable community projects book tickets for Achinoam Nini's concert, buy raffle tickets, make a donation to our community fund, and take out or renew your membership subscription.

Happy Channukah.




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