Winners (from left) Rivki Schreiber, Daphna Goldreich, Donna Neumark

On Monday, May 16, ESRA Modiin’s MahJ Mavens hosted yet another exhilarating and successful Mahjongg marathon. This was their fourth consecutive annual event, which has grown in popularity every year.

MahJ Mavens came into being four years ago when ESRA Modiin first sponsored

 Mahjongg classes. Since that time, two more classes have expanded the pool of enamored enthusiasts, who play weekly games.

This year 24 players participated in the Mahj-a-Thon from various cities including Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. The largest contingent naturally came from Modiin. A total of nine hands were played, scores were tallied, and at the end of the evening the proud winners were announced: Daphna Goldreich, Rivki Schreiber and Donna Neumark, who all received prizes.

Kudos to Nechama Namal, our terrific Modiin MahJ Mavens coordinator and Mahj-a-Thon organizer, without whom this annual event - which raises vital funds for Neve ESRA, our afternoon center for children at risk – would not be.

There is nothing like the sound of the tiles clinking together, the smiles around the table as players connect, the excited chatter, and the happy cry of “Mahj!” from a lucky winner. If you would like to learn Mahjongg or participate in next year’s Mahj-a-Thon, please contact Cynthia Barmor at 050 825 1923.


Cynthia Barmor is Co-Chair, ESRA Modiin

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Cynthia Barmor

Cynthia came on Aliyah from Cape Town, South Africa on Nov.10th, 1968. She is a high school graduate and has a diploma in Diagnostic Radiography. In south Africa she worked as a Radiographer at Gro...

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