Project of the Month

These programs allow talented underprivileged teenagers to fulfill their potential by providing them with a challenging program of enrichment and leadership training at the Ruppin Institute of Marine Science. Talented 7th graders from all backgrounds of Israeli society in the lower socio-economic levels are chosen - programs run for 2 years.

Bat Yam

ESRA Bat Yam ran for many years on ESRA's inception and was reinvigorated in January 2012.
Southern Region Coordinator, Janet Kiesari held a meeting for all interested people in the area at Susan O'Neil's apartment in Bat Yam.

“WOW and I thought I was the only English speaker in Bat Yam”!
“We have been waiting for this for so long!”
“In 48 years I never met an English speaker locally before”

These were some of the comments that were made as 14 women and one man (the husband of one of them) met together for the first time. It quickly emerged that some had been living within 2-3 blocks from each other but had never met. What was also obvious was that they were starved for somebody to socialize with in their own mother tongue.

Nina Zuck and Adele Hunter, then Co-Chairpersons of ESRA, gave an overview of ESRA and everyone introduced themselves.

Everyone had an interesting story to tell of their lives since they came to Israel twenty or thirty years ago and one lady, Sarah, who came here from England in 1948, had  been living in Bat Yam since 1964 and thought that she was the only English speaker in the town!!!!

It was quickly discovered that there were 6 or 7 volunteers for starting a tutoring program, others showed interest in adopting a “Moadonit” for children at high risk, and everyone was interested in socializing.

Anyone interested to coordinating activities for the budding branch should contact Janet 054-733 5055.