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Dear friends,

 


After a wonderful breakfast, we boarded our bus at 8:30 and headed to an amazing place, Yad L'Kashish, Lifeline for the Elderly.  It's a unique place that was founded to address the needs of elderly immigrants, helping them to learn skills and earn an income.  They began with bookbinding and today they make incredible handicrafts of all sorts from hand-painted tallit to jewelry, picture frames and so much more. We toured the workshops and watched the artisans at work.  One of our team speaks Russian and when she spoke to the predominantly Russian-speaking elders in the workshop, they all lit up with delight!  We admired their work and had some fun in their Gift Shop, which supports their work.

 

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From there, we headed to Yvel, a jewelry manufacturer. We learned about the owner, Isaac Levy, and his commitment to helping immigrants, as he once was. He has begun a school called Megemeria in which Ethiopian Jews are trained to become skilled jewelry craftspeople. We saw the training underway and then had a chance to tour the factory and the showrooms.

 

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From there we were off to the Israel Museum for lunch and a chance to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls. It prompted some lively conversation and thought-provoking questions. Loading back on the bus, we headed to Yad Vashem. We spent several hours with a docent who really made the experience a special one for us, sharing some incredible stories. We began with the Children's Memorial, which is so emotional, and then the rest of the Holocaust museum. Everyone was moved, many to tears.

 

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Back at our hotel we had a great dinner and we celebrated the birthday of one of our resident travelers. She was surprised and delighted!

 

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All the best from Jerusalem!


Carol

 
 
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