The new branch of ESRA in Petah Tikvah held its first meeting in February 2015 when 30 people came to hear all about the upcoming Israeli elections in a lively interactive presentation by Israel Seminars.
Our second meeting in May hosted guest speaker, Patricia, who came with her retired dog 'Pony' to explain about the creation and day to day working of the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind. The picture shows committee members with 'Pony'.
Since then we have organised a visit to Sarona, a course with Magen David Adom, a talk on recycling, a visit behind the scenes at the Israel Opera and a workshop on taking photos with smartphones.
An Arts & Crafts Group meets regularly. Next meeting Tuesday 21 June at 20:00: "Pencil and Paper Workshop". Contact Edna email@example.com for more details.
A Knitting Group will have its first meeting on Monday 21 March.
Contact Miriam firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Recent meetings included: Genealogy - researching your family with Chaim Freedman in March; A walking tour around Petah Tikvah and a talk by Susan Edel on the work of MDA in locating missing people in April; and a talk by Harry Pose on what his community in Australia is doing on the PR front for Israel in May.
English Tutoring Program (ETP) - We have 3 programs running:
- Helping students in the evenings with their homework in English at the Ein Ganim Youth Centre, 6 Hamaapilim.
- English class for a group of injured soldiers - Thursday evenings at their Moadon on Jabotinsky. (English teaching experience necessary)
- Preparing high school students for their oral bagrut
Befrienders – We are looking for people to join our local befrienders program. Volunteer Befrienders offer reliable support to people who are lonely and isolated. Please contact Miriam Grunwald email@example.com if you are interested.
Second Generation Holocaust - Volunteers needed to meet with children of parents affected by the Shoah who are now entitled to reparation. Listen and record their stories, and then translate them to English (or German). Wednesday afternoons from 4 – 6.30pm. Please contact Judith Rosen 052-6463269 or Esther Hummel 050-6263326
The committee plan to hold meetings with a speaker every 2 months and a house meeting on a monthly basis, and looking into setting up weekly interest groups such as Scrabble, Bridge or Mahjong. Anyone interested in any one of these please contact Miriam
The Petach Tikvah Municipality Volunteers Meeting Room is available to us for larger meetings.
Chairperson, Miriam Crosbie 054-888-5459