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

From Generation to Generation  

By Barbara Sofer

I'm visiting with the Zerah family – mother Judith, father Marc and son, Emmanuel – in their charming home in Jerusalem. "Charmante," I should say. The language and style of this home, with its flower-filled balcony and tall wine-rack, is French.
Emmanuel Zerah – a lanky, handsome young man with blue eyes, a quirky sense of humor and ironic smile – says he has no idea what he wants to do when he grows up. After all, his life has changed. After a year as an IDF pilot cadet, he transferred to the elite unit of the Israeli Engineering Corps called "Yahalom." That's "diamond" in Hebrew and an acronym for "Special Operations Engineering Unit." Emmanuel says he is a "bomb technician" and not in the Samur (Weasel) Unit, which destroys attack tunnels. His job is to identify and remove explosive devices placed, tossed or flown into Israel from Gaza.

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