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Vision

Create a better Israeli society through mutual help, social involvement & volunteering.
Close social/educational gaps through education and welfare projects, and be an active, welcoming, supportive community for English-speakers.
Be an effective, efficient and creative organization, run by volunteers with a small administrative staff, while maintaining a caring, personal touch – "the essence of ESRA".
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Active since 1979, ESRA was established to help English-speaking olim acclimate to life in Israel. This soon evolved to helping diverse waves of immigrants, and then to helping any needy sector of Israeli society, with an emphasis on educational advancement for all of Israel's children.
Proud to be a volunteering organization, ESRA soon discovered there is no better to way acclimate than by getting involved and volunteering for the community. ESRA volunteers organize social & cultural events, work in our office or charity shops, tutor schoolchildren in English, help run education and welfare projects, and work on ESRAmagazine.
Proud of being Israel's largest English speaking community, ESRA holds no religious or political affiliation, respecting all.

Quickly adjusting to the new pandemic reality, ESRA expanded its welfare services, held events online, and creatively continued running important projects such as Students Build a Community, whereby financially stressed students receive free housing, in exchange for tutoring/mentoring local schoolchildren and becoming community activists.

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In 2019...

NIS 8,799,000

Invested in the community

12%

Growth in amount invested

1,300

Volunteers nationwide

26%

Increase in number of volunteers

11.2%

General & admin expenses

(as percentage of annual income)

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ESRA makes a difference

ESRA founder and honorary life president, Merle Guttman,
has received numerous awards, including the President's Award for Volunteering,
for her and ESRA's contributions to Israeli society and immigrant absorption.
Here are some acknowledgements of ESRA's work…
ESRA founder and honorary life president, Merle Guttman, has received numerous awards, including the President's Award for Volunteering, for her and ESRA's contributions to Israeli society and immigrant absorption.
Here are some acknowledgements of ESRA's work…
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