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Carol Novis grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and studied English Literature at the University of Manitoba. She subsequently lived in Ottawa, London, England, Cape Town, South Africa and from 1976, Israel. 
She has worked as a writer and editor for many publications, including The Jerusalem Post, Boston Globe, Winnipeg Free Press and Cape Times. 
She began writing fiction in recent years, and has contributed to “Israel Short Stories” . She also wrote the children’s book “The Adventures of Mary Fairy” and now two cozy mysteries, "Long in the Sleuth" and "Knock Off the Old Block", which were inspired by her mother and the Jewish retirement home she lived in.

Kfar Saba mayor Rafi Saar with a copy of ESRA Magazine, at the opening of Pride House, which now shares space with the ESRA Kfar Saba offices.


Kfar Saba's Pride House, the first in the Sharon to serve as...
One of many digital displays

Jewish books and artifacts

I have lived in Israel long enough to remember the1978 openi...
Goat Path Publications, available from Amazon 233 pages By T...
Judith (in blue and white) dressed for work in the Corona Care Unit at Tel Hashomer Hospital.

The Torah Study Group at Beth Protea

Patients suffering from the Covid-19 (corona) virus in Israe...
In one of my earliest and fondest memories, I am a small chi...
Who doesn't remember the childhood joys of digging into the ...

Photos by Anat Harrel and Steve Gray Kibbutz Hannaton is a s...
Bill Strubbe





"Friday's Soup", the story which won first prize in the ESRA...
Amazon.com, 333 pages. Print and Kindle editions.

The True Adventures of Gidon Lev. Rascal. Holocaust Survivor...
Social distancing at a simchah …. Naomi and Tuvia Stuchiner at the recent wedding of their granddaughter, Noa​

Beit Issie Shapiro ... challenging time dealing with the pandemic

This year, Naomi Stuchiner, the founder of Beit Issie Shapir...
  A diagnosis of cancer is frightening enough, but...
Lee Diamond ... he had great talent, warmth and charisma

By Ben and Carol Novis Sunday night, the first night of Succ...

Tzvika Graiver lobbying the Knesset over driving licence examinations

King of the road ... LiAmi Lawrence with his driving licence document

KeepOlim "No Oleh Alone" Program ... Pesach with Olim from around the world and their Israeli hosts

Organization's aim is to keep immigrants from leaving Israel...
Part of the Safari Steak House ad which appeared in the very first issue of the ESRA Newsletter

Design changes in our title piece reflect various typographical styles over the last 40 years

 200 issues on, we look back at earlier issues of ESRA ...
At a meeting of the group, discussing important issues

Photos: Yehudah Livneh "I've always wanted to retire side by...
Hilary (in red) greets guests at the opening ceremony of her exhibition: Frances Thaler (left), Harriet Saul and Sara Hafetz Haim

Photos: Ora Dolev and Dennis Kaliser If there is one wo...
Julie Fisher, former Ambassador Dan Shapiro and their daughters, join Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to say goodbye to President Barack Obama after his visit to Israel in the spring of 2013

A warm welcome for an asylum-seeking family at their new kibbutz community

Asylum seekers are welcomed at Kibbutz Sasa

Asylum Seekers in Israel The issue of asylum seekers (or inf...
Shop manager Maurice Singer . . . "It's a laugh a day," he says

Jackie Diamond has been volunteering for three years

There are bargains galore to be found in ESRA's Vintage shop in Kfar Saba

Story and photos by Carol Novis Is traditional retail sellin...
The coach party of ESRAmagazine folk on their day out make a visit to Israeli West Barta’a. Photo: Lydia Aisenberg

Lydia Aisenberg

 Readers of ESRA magazine are undoubtedly familiar with...
Cookery class for children and grandparents. Story and photo by Carol Novis

Avital Sebag’s book

Young children aren't generally known for their adventurous ...