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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 HUMAN SPIRIT: TOWN-SQUARE TEST OF DEMOCRACY IN JERUSALEM  

By Barbara Sofer

I'm out buying halla on a Friday morning. Right behind me in line stands Natan Sharansky. "I have to tell you," I say in Hebrew. "All these decades after demonstrating for Soviet Jewry I still get a thrill to run into you, like me, just buying halla."

He takes spelt. I take whole wheat with raisins – a touch of America.

The raisin halla at the Colchester Bakery in Colchester, Connecticut, wasn't whole wheat, of course. Who in Connecticut knew of whole wheat back then? Customers came from afar to buy delicious fresh bread which seemed nutritious enough, baked crisp in the wood-burning brick oven. The owners weren't Jewish but the bakery was kosher.

Its greatest recognition came each St. Patrick's Day when a green Russian pumpernickel was delivered to the State Capitol in Hartford.


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