This astronomical figure is the number of hamsas that Denise Silverman has sewn on the colorful towels designed and sold by our ESRA Ethiopian Embroidery Project.

Denise Silverman, a fabulous volunteer in our embroidery project, has shared her remarkable skills in sewing and handcrafts since joining ESRA.

Denise emigrated from South Africa in 1987. She volunteered for more than 10 years, twice a week, at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv where her late husband was a pharmacist. While living in Raanana, she volunteered in the kitchen of Beit Issie Shapiro.  At that time, she received an award from the Ministry of Education for her volunteering. Today, Denise also volunteers at the assisted living unit in Beth Protea.

After her husband passed away she moved to Hod Hasharon and joined ESRA Kfar Saba / Hod Hasharon.

While visiting her home in Hod Hasharon one is amazed at the many beautiful items all made by Denise … her talents are endless and so is her modesty. Her interest in sewing began at age 6 with a gift of a mini-Singer sewing machine which she showed me, still in perfect working condition.

The Ethiopian Embroidery project is privileged to have Denise Silverman as part of this project. She is truly the unsung hero that enables us to continue to produce our unique products.

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