Miriam‘s direct connection with Israel began in 1955 in Ottawa, Canada where she met and married Zvi who had recently arrived from Israel.
1965, she worked for the Israel Government Tourist Office in Chicago, where her husband was cantor at Rodfei Shalom Or Chadash synagogue for many years. Miriam’s duties included writing articles about Israel, press releases and contacts with travel agents as well as arranging meetings for VIP’s visiting from Israel
Miriam and her husband arrived in Ashdod with their two daughters Rona and Ora, in July 1972. She was employed by the publication “Israel Magazine” in Tel Aviv until the family moved to Jerusalem. There she worked for the Ministry of Tourism as a Feature Writer. She was director of special events for the Jerusalem Region, organizing the annual international Concert of Choirs from Israel and abroad. Her final position before retiring was Deputy Director of Public Relations. The Jerusalem Post published many of her articles including a week-end spread on Ashdod. While a member of the Ministry of Tourism, she created the program “Musical Tours to Israel” whereby musical groups from abroad would visit Israel entirely at their own expense and perform free of charge. Under Miriam’s direction, the Ministry provided publicity and arranged meetings with Israeli personalities. Mayor Zvi Zilker met many of these groups as did the late Teddy Kollek. One group from the USA visited Ashdod and Chana arranged home hospitality for the participants
Upon her retirement from government service she returned to Ashdod and became active in ESCA. She was elected to take over the reins from Chana and oganized ESCA’s 10th Anniversary celebration. Due to ill health, Miriam was forced to return the honour of Chairlady of ESCA to Chana after a short period but she keeps in touch regularly from her home in Hadera, where her daughters and five grandchildren also live. Miriam says she will always remember and praise the members of ESCA for their support during her illness and wishes us all continued success in all our endeavors.