Zelda Harris
Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

Is this a time to exist or plan?

Has anyone come up with some positive, useful and inspiring solutions as to how to make the most of CORONA time?

Oh yes, I do have a computer and I have bought all kinds of games which supposedly help keep ones brain going. Actually they are meant for kids and I must admit that I cannot work out how to do them! I call in my 5 year old great grandchild to show me how and then am mortified!

I am lucky in that people still contact me for help and ideas. In a way that’s strange but I, was also brought up to have respect and patience for older members of the family. Sadly my grandfathers did not speak English and my only living grandmother was a crazy vegan who told everyone that her son, my father had died at the age of 39, because my mother had given him red meat to eat.

My grandchildren and great grand children are clever and busy. That’s the word busy. Even during and maybe because of the restrictions, they have filled their lives with arrangements and luckily in Israel at least there are also organized activities like, summer camps available. I have never asked how much they cost, its not my business. However what about those whose parents who have to work and yet cannot afford to pay the exorbitant amounts demanded, for someone to look after their kids within a safe and enjoyable framework.
In some cases there are grandparents who play an active role and that’s good but when you reach Safta Rabba you soon become too frail, to actually take over responsibility.

I was in my sixties when my grandsons were in their teens and we had so much fun together, but now? Those living overseas cannot come to visit easily. My youngest son did come and we spent a wonderful two weeks together. It so lifted my spirits, but was only temporarily.

At least we now have a new government with many younger and fresh MK’s also more women in the Knesset which pleases me immensely.

My mother always taught me to count my blessings and I do.

I still love my country and the choices I made.

I still wish I could help to bring the change we so wish to see, now.

Perhaps our results at the Olympics will empower us. I am holding fingers crossed for a lovely young woman who with her mother stayed at my home when she came to practice at the Sports Complex in Shitrit Street, which is close to my home. Her trainer is also a member of our extended family.

We need to express our mutual pride in the achievements of our sportswomen and sportsmen by also taking pride in how we go about our own lives and how we can keep our homeland spruce and clean, by each and everyone just trying a little bit harder.

Wishing all of our sports contestants in Tokyo a great and successful event.
we take pride in all of YOU!

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.
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