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.


  • 15. August 2011 - 8:00
    Barbara Bond posted this message on ESRAlist: As usual I was so rushed before my visit to the states that I almost forgot to get the prerequisite gifts so I called ESRA . WOW .. were the Ethiopian gifts appreciated?

    The new playing cards went over very well not only with the 10-12 year old gang but also with my own sophisticated bridge gang of more than 50 years.

    The new mezuzot are being honored as folk art on the mantels of each bedroom in my son's new house.

  • 6. August 2011 - 8:00
    ESRA volunteer Denise Sussman reported one one of her projects - the dance group in Neot Shaked, Netanya, a group of 10-11 year old girls learning Ethnic Ethiopian dancing.

  • 1. August 2011 - 8:00
    The presence of an ESRA stand at the Expo Klita 2011 made for a productive and exciting day, with staff and volunteers manning the booth throughout the day.  ESRA's beautiful sunflower filled stand attracted the eye of everyone who walked in and many new friends were made and old friends reunited. 

  • 29. July 2011 - 8:00

    The students from the Herzliya Students Build a Neighbourhood program were given a slap up meal and fun evening at the home of ESRA's Project Coordinator, Annette Lavender, to thank them for the wonderful work they did during the year.  Much fun was had with specially prepared games, the students enjoyed one of their best meals of the whole year, each student spoke about their trials and joys during the year, and each were given a gift of an Ethiopian Passport purse to take on their travels.  A delicious end to a delightful year!
  • 22. June 2011 - 8:00
    neighborhoodkfsabas.jpgThe participants and tutors in Kfar Saba's "Students Build a Neighborhood" project recently celebrated the end of this year's program with an exciting outing to Kibbutz Gan Shmuel.  Omri, who leads the project's "Outward Bound" group, is a member of the kibbutz and arranged a day out in the country for these city children.

  • 21. June 2011 - 8:00

    Have circumstances changed for you or your family?   Are you feeling tense, stressed, unhappy?
    Perhaps you are affected by the loss of a loved one?  Grief can persist and causes great pain. 
    Although it is hard to ask for help, sharing the pain makes it easier....
  • 19. June 2011 - 8:00
    In the past school year ESRA Rehovot launched a program for “Conversational English for Oral Bagrut”. The feedback from schools, students and volunteers is very positive. Some of the volunteers describe this as one of their most rewarding experiences and almost without exception are eager to continue next year.

    Notably, our definite feeling of accomplishment is measurable also by an increase in the successful achievements of the kids in the exams. The English coordinators are counting on us to be there for them next year.

  • 16. June 2011 - 8:00
    This week members of the Welfare Committee, together with a wonderful donor, interviewed 5 more needy students for scholarships to help them continue with their studies. Three of the students who arrived from the FSU  with the Na’aleh program (bringing teenagers to Israel without their families)  impressed us with their positive attitude. 

  • 12. June 2011 - 8:00
    michm_in_the_lab.jpgWave follows wave, and success follows success among the participants in ESRA'S Project of Excellence at the Ruppin Marine Science Institute. The end of year ceremony for the 18 Ethiopian teenagers was one to be remembered.
  • 10. June 2011 - 8:00
    aida_scene.jpgAmongst the audience at the production of Verdi's Aida at Masada this year were no less than 3 buses of ESRA opera fans all organised most efficiently by Judy Copeland, ESRA's administrator at Beit Fisher. Linda Gerstl from Rishon Lezion sent us this report: