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Sylvan Adams is Getting Started

Sylvan riding on the racecourse at the 2020 Vuelta a Espana

Israeli Guy Sagiv racing in the Giro, May 4, 2018

Sylvan greeting Chris Froome in Jerusalem at the Giro Big Start, May 2, 2018

Photos by Noa Arnon "Climb every mountain," warbles Mother S...
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Kay Wilson Receives AIC's Impact Award


Written by Lee Tanenbaum and Wendy Kalman  In a mo...
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Ramat Gan National Park


"There's a whole world out there, right outside your window....
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Center Stage – A Light in the Face of Adversity

center-stage “Bad Jews” by Joshua Harmon at Center Stage
Daniella and Grant Crankshaw

Center Stage in Raanana

There is a cozy little theater around the corner on HaMasger...
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Montefiore’s Jerusalem Windmill

Windmill Windmill – renovated and restored 2012. Photo: Richard Gordon
Engraving of Judah Touro (1775-1854) whose bequest funded the windmill’s construction. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Parts of the reconstructed mill mechanism Photo: Richard Gordon

Entrance to the reconstructed windmill wine center. Photo: Richard Gordon​

View eastwards from Mishkenot Sha’ananim towards Gethsemane Photo: Richard Gordon

Designed in Kent, saved by Ramsgate, now a £1M wineshop In 1...
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Searching for the Milky Way in Israel

4-1 Light pollution into space. Every photon that flies into space is a waste of energy and a hindrance to our experience of the universe.
A neighbourhood in Haifa at night. Every outside light left on by carelessness, every street light too high or too strong, draws a sea turtle hatchling in the wrong direction, confuses a firefly away from its mate, disrupts someone’s sleep...

Since I was a little girl the beauty of the stars has enchan...
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A Roots Trip to Germany – 2016

23-1 My mother, (left) with older siblings
My father’s childhood home in Mueddersheim around 1939

My father, (centre) in WW1 army uniform with parents and six siblings

The Jewish cemetery in Heinsberg today

Writer with sons reciting Kaddish at the Schwarz cemetery in Gladbach

 In 2016, after a life-time of refusal, I decided that ...
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Israel Baseball Team Heading to Japan Olympics

Baseball Team Israel, headed for Tokyo, after winning the Europe-Africa Olympic Qualifier in Parma, Italy, September 2019. Photo: Margo Sugarman
Ace pitcher Joey Wagman led a team effort that earned Israel its historic Olympic berth. Photo: Margo Sugarman

"There is baseball in Israel!" Team Israel general manager P...
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Natural Gas

gas Illustration: Liora Blum
Renelle Joffe, holding the agreement, with Peter Ross, commercial advisor to the Israel Electric Company

A Panacea for Israeli Energy Market Two decades ago, I accep...
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Along Came a Hero

Along-Came-a-Hero Illustration: Liora Blum
Photo: Public Diplomacy Division, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

He rescued not only lives but faith in humankind as Arab wor...
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Three Book Reviews


I've chosen to review these three books because after readin...
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Dreams Never Dreamed: A Memoir by Kalman Samuels

Shalva The Shalva Band performing at Eurovision 2019, Tel Aviv (Photos: Courtesy of Shalva)
Yossi and his dad, Kalman

Yossi meets President George Bush and Laura Bush at the White House, Washington DC

If Kerry Samuels, a nice (secular) Jewish boy from Vancouver...
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New Year Greetings 2020

ESRA members wish family and friends a Happy New Year  ...
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When Moses Came to Eilat


Filming "Moses the Lawgiver"  Imagine a British-Italian...
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A Love Story from Long-Distance to Zero-Distance

LauraTrevorWeddin_20200827-101830_1 Trevor and Laura at their wedding in Vancouver
Laura on the balcony in the Yemenite Quarter, Tel Aviv

Trevor enjoying a quiet moment in Mitzpe Ramon

Eating hamantaschen in Toronto, Canada, missing Israel!

Laura in the Negev

My Experience as a Canadian Postdoc in Israel My wife Laura ...
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My Grandfather's Shop

grandfather Photo by: Rodhullandemu / CC BY-SA
Percy and Bertha Galkoff on their golden wedding in 1957

Are any of you readers ex-Liverpudlians? If so - and you're ...
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An Officer Who Changed History

Mike-Amir Mike Amir in 2012 when he was awarded a certificate of merit for his achievements in tourism to Israel
Mike Amir in uniform

Mike Amir with Dalia Ayalon Sinclair

"How can I help you?" Vivian asked the British officer stand...
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Doctor No

Doctor-No2 Dr Harry Bloomberg ... wanted to make aliyah in 1949
A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend of mine and as is...
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Memories of a New Life in Australia

Porters Grandma Ruti proudly holds her newest granddaughter, not yet a week old, father Eyal smiles at her, and mother Ayala gets a moment to relax
Leaya today, driving a tractor on a farm in the Jordan Valley as part of her National Service. She is still in the wilds, like where she was born.

Kangaroo Luka and her son pop out of the rain forest and hop onto the veranda for food

In the last few years our three children have turned us into...
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Italian Jews Who Trusted a Saint

assisi_20200623-102710_1 Statue of St Francis of Assisi in the Museum of Memorial courtyard
Entrance to the Museum of Memorial

The printing press used to print the fake identity cards

Story and photos by Laurence Lebor In the last issue of...
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