Barbara Sofer

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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

The various stories behind the abandoned properties in Israel  

By Barbara Sofer

In our small country, where so much of our lives is based on personal connections, we might assume that there isn't much so-called abandoned property. We'd be wrong. Tens of thousands of cases of unclaimed real estate and bank accounts are classified "abandoned." No known owners. No known heirs.

Like most modern states, Israel has an abandoned property division that focuses on recovery and management of unclaimed property. But ours is different. We're the only country that, through the work of a special unit, actively seeks out rightful owners or heirs. This is a legal obligation, but the search and recovery of ownership often goes beyond dry administrative tasks.

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