Esther Beuthner is a native sabra. She was born in Jerusalem. Fred was born in Germany. They met in Palestine, where Fred had come with a youth movement. Fred lived first on a kibbutz, then a moshav. At twenty he joined the British Army in Palestine. Those were the dark days before the establishment of the State.
After marriage in 1948 they lived in Israel for ten years and then moved to the States. They raised three children and eight grandchildren, but Israel beckoned them and they returned here in 1968.
They have led an ambulatory life since then. In 1975 they returned to the United States, only to be drawn back to Ashdod in 1997. Here they found a warm circle of friends among the members of ESCA.
Sadly, they have once more returned to the U.S. – who can resist the call of children and grandchildren? During their stay here they gave a lot to us all. Fred was active at our library, and participated in our committee meetings, helping to plan and carry out our various functions. We all hope they will be back one day to share their adventures with us. But with ESCA on the web… they aren’t really so far away now, are they?
Since this writing Esther and Fred passed away.