ESRA Magazine
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...
The cover of Arnold Sherman’s book, showing a Herard Aircraft of Arkia coming in to land at Eilat

Airport as developed by Arkia at Santa Katarina

The Monastery of St Katherine in Sinai

The township of Ophira developed accommodation for tourists

A message on Facebook on the Israeli Lovers of History site ...
Machalniks: Mainly English-speaking crew members of the Ben Hecht (K24) at Haifa port in 1948 where the boat was docked. Moshe is second left, front row.

Moshe Feingold on the upper deck of the K24 at Haifa port. 

Subscription card with payment details

Jewish Legion subscription card

Moshe with Dave Fisher in Haifa

1948: Moshe (far right-center) when President David Ben-Gurion (front row) honored the fleet with a visit

 MARCH 1948 I was a sixth-form 17-year old Manchester G...
Dedication to Sir Moses Montefiore at the entrance of Ohel Moshe

The ornate and striking exterior of Ades Synagogue in Jerusalem

The Ark inside Ades Synagogue

President Yitzchak Navon's family

Story and photos by Ruth Corman One of the most fascinating ...
Leon Moss and his wife Ann having fun at this year’s Purim party at their retirement home

When do Golden Agers make the leap into Old Agers? I've been...

Ishmael Khaldi with his mother and father

A nephew of the Khaldi’s embracing a kid

The kindergarten in the village

North west from the roof the Khaldi family home.

Story and photos by Linda Glazer After accepting Ishmael Kha...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

Act of kindness that put burglary into perspective "Where ar...
Living on the crater’s edge, writer Talya Dunleavy felt a connection to ancient times

Photos: Tiki Ozer Let me take you to one of the most enchant...
Story and photo by Sue Joffe "Israel sits on the junction of...
Talya and her sisters, Anat and Asnat, their mother, Tsiona Dahan, her cousin Noam Bensaid eating his ice-cream in Mitspe Ramon in 1961. Noam still lives there

Writer Talya Dahan Dunleavy is on the far right with her sister, Anat, alongside

Of all the women and men that I have met in my life, it was ...

 I wasn't hip – but neither was I a geriatric! Some yea...
The Rana choir of Jaffa

People who sing in choirs speak of the joy they experience i...

After living in Israel for a year, driving here on a US driv...
Entrance to the Second Temple necropolis of Bet She’arim in the Lower Galilee’s Jezreel Valley. Story and photos by Lydia Aisenberg

The Sarcophagi of the Nikes

Israeli craftsman Ori Shefer painstakingly repairs cracks in the walls.

Hewn out of a crop of hills in the western portion of the Je...
The 1912 letter asking for the money to be returned

I recently obtained my Israel Tour Guide license. During the...
Zebras stroll in the park . Story and photos by Richelle Shem-Tov

The Protea, the national flower of South Africa.

A village in the hills of Kwazulu

Sabih and Richelle Shem-Tov on Table Mountain, Cape Town

Shopping in a pedestrian mall

In 1948 Alan Paton wrote a book on South Africa, Cry the Bel...
Challah basket. Story and photos by Marsha Stein

1. Cut the bags into strips

2. Loop the strips through one another

3.. Pull gently

4. Wind the plarn

How to turn market bags into beautiful items for the home&nb...
A Halizah shoe at the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. In the background the ‘Judaism’ sign above a display of footwear of Jewish interest. Photos & text: Lydia Aisenberg

Exterior of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada

Rock of ages ... Bloor-Spadina Street sign of Toronto Jewish times

Normally, a museum focused on shoes would not be anywhere on...
Former basketball player Sapir Efraimson (left) now rugby player using her football skills

Nimrod Danieli ... difficult for young athletes to advance in sport

Sapir pushing her muscles to their limit with powerlifting

Often, when I'm with athletes, I'm asked what I think about ...