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.


  • 25. September 2011 - 8:00

    ‘Yes We Can’ is an English teaching project aimed at every child and adult in the city of Lod in an effort improve their English, opening doors to better education and employment opportunities. They turned to ESRA to find a volunteer who could have regular conversations in English by phone with an outstanding sixteen-year-old who is planning to be a doctor. Great idea! Gill Teicher ESRA's coordinator for the 'English for Schools' program put it to her volunteers.

  • 20. September 2011 - 8:00

    Coping with transitions was the very apt subject of the opening meeting this season of ESRA's Olim Support Group. The group met yesterday in a private home in Raanana.  Psychologist Dr Shoshana Hellman led the discussion, a subject not only relevant to new olim but to everyone dealing with the new culture of a different country and changes in their lives.
    New olim had the chance to meet more vatikim olim over refreshments -- the meeting was very enjoyable and well attended.

  • 15. September 2011 - 8:00

    NEVE ESRA, the project adopted by ESRA Modiin Branch, has benefited from a generous donation from Laura Galinson. The afternoon care centre for children at-risk has been enriched by new furniture and a computer, as well as funding for a professional facilitator for a parents support group and an extra caregiver for the children. As a result the Municipality agreed to match the funds with an extra 25% allocation to the budget.

  • 7. September 2011 - 8:00
    opera_2.jpegNaomi Aharoni writes to ESRA Rishon chair Janet Kiesari following their Opera Evening:''You really have a right to feel 'high' after the successful opera evening. It was enthralling and everybody's attention was caught by their wonderful voices and ability to sing in different languages. Even though we couldn't necessarily understand, their emotions were conveyed with ease through their body language.
  • 23. August 2011 - 8:00

    pills.jpgPatients need greater awareness of how to take their medicines correctly with regard to their safety and efficacy. This was the message that consultant pharmacist Jennifer Bell put across in a fascinating lecture as part of Beit Fisher's Midweek programme.

  • 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.