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.


A Memorable Occasion - ESRA Volunteer Awards

News Date: 
15. December 2012 - 8:00
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The ESRA Volunteer Award event epitomises the essence of what ESRA stands for - volunteerism.  With some 756 volunteers to its credit, once in two years ESRA honours outstanding volunteers.  This year sixteen individuals were chosen – from a long list of worthy candidates – to receive a citation.


For the first time in the history of ESRA two Lifetime Awards were presented – the first to Barbara Blum who brings music wherever she goes – a retired dentist by profession – who has entertained numerous ESRA groups with her talks on famous entertainers, illustrated with recordings of their songs.  The second was a bitter sweet award as the recipient – Ralph Lanesman ז'ל - sadly passed away a few months ago.  Ralph, a retired accountant, gave invaluable service to ESRA’s Community Fund and was the chair of ESRA’s Control Committee for many years.  Freda, his wife received the award on his behalf. Ralph was told of his award prior to his death and was delighted with the news.

The other fourteen recipients were: Cynthia Barmor and Jackie Klein – dynamic co-chairs of ESRA Modiin;  Glenis Bertfield coordinator of the Befrienders;  Myra Olswang and Frank Kalie for the Magazine Website;  Jane Kessler for Ra’anana Knitting Group; Dina Keusch for Welfare Committee; Chana Lugassi for Kfar Saba Shop; Isabel Morris for Ra’anana Shop; Denise Silverman for Kfar Saba’s Ethiopian Embroidery Project; Esther Tolkin for Bayit Cham in Netanya; Lorna Toube and Shirley Frankel for Rishon Le Zion Knitting Group; Joan Weisman for Hephziba Girls’Choir and Hephziba Dance Group.

ESRA was privileged to hear an outstanding address by Col. (Res.) Miri Eisen on “The Challenges Facing Israel in a Changing Middle East. Miri is the daughter of ESRA’s superb database volunteer (and a former award winner herself) Annette Bode.

More than 200 guests attended this memorable event.