ESRA Rehovot Branch has been active for 30 years and has a long history of organizing lectures that are interesting, eclectic and often challenging to its audience.  We have often been able to tap into the Weizmann Institute to invite members o

f that community to offer presentations in their areas of expertise.

Pre-COVID 19, when we were able to meet, we also enjoyed musical events and a successful wine-tasting evening.  The monthly lectures have proven to be important in attracting new members and in raising funds for our local and national projects.

Until the current year, ESRA Rehovot also arranged half-day outings to regional points of interest, usually with shared transportation for comfort and economy. These included museums in Rishon LeZion, Holon, Ashdod, Or Yehuda, Palmachin, and Rehovot. But not just art and archaeology --we also visited the Volcani Research Institute, Shafdan Wastewater Treatment plant, Nesher in Ramle, and a boutique winery. These have been very popular and well attended.

Although the unexpected and unprecedented COVID pandemic has altered our traditional modus operandi, it has provided us with the opportunity to expand our audience and guest speakers to all parts of the country (and world) and has enabled participation of members with limited mobility.

At present, ESRA Rehovot has one long-going project specifically within the city.  We have adopted two of the “Moadoniot”, after school clubs for children. Thanks to this project  we have been able to enrich the quality of life, as well as providing “extras” like holiday and birthday presents and outings for the children. In addition, we participate in ESRA national programs such as the English Tutoring Program (ETP) including  Chat Away.

ESRA Rehovot welcomes new members to help continue and expand our stimulating, educational and entertaining offerings. Want to help organize and decide where we go and what events we offer? Have ideas about additional projects in our community? Come join us and share in the camaraderie. You would also be active in a national organization that does so much to enrich and improve the lives of those less fortunate.