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Barbara Sofer
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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others

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Jerusalem Post

JOY OF GIVING A KIDNEY  

By Barbara Sofer

"I'm so happy, it feels like my wedding day," says Esti Lerer. The petite, hazel-eyed hassidic mother of three is joyful because she has succeeded in giving away one of her healthy kidneys. "It's hard to express the elation and ebullience of knowing that I am so fortunate to be able to give away less than 200 grams of my body and to save a life."

At 28, Lerer is among Israel's youngest altruistic kidney donors, a person without a familial connection to the recipient. Donating a kidney was her childhood dream, but she had to overcome formidable opposition. To donate a kidney in Israel, you have to be at least 23 years old. Although Lerer was already 27 when she registered, she was rejected, discouraged and her sanity was questioned.


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