Israel Trip Fall 2016 – Day 6 Ceasarea at March of Life House
First Morning at the March of Life House, New Opportunities for Serving Holocaust Survivors!
The morning sun introduces Eucalyptus trees, and the aroma blends sweetly with Rosemary, Basil, and an array of flowers! Breakfast happens outdoors on a breezy porch with great company… other guests of the March of Life House! Sieglinde and Ilsa, are members of TOS, in Tubingen, Germany. Their pastor is Jobst Bittner, the founder of the Marches of Life. This is the place for planning the event “March of the Nations,” which is scheduled for 2018, here in Israel.
After breakfast, we met with Petra and Lesley, the March of Life House staff who are taking care of the house and grounds, with occasional help from guests who volunteer. They prayed with us and gave us the tour of the kitchen, which was organized in every detail, more than any I have ever seen! They made us feel at home and part of their activities of getting to know their neighbors, and connecting especially with Holocaust survivors in the area. They host special meals for them on a weekly basis. They also partner with “Shalom House” nearby, a “Helping Hands” ministry with the same passion for serving Holocaust survivors in The Land.
Later that night, after much preparation, we welcomed an honored guest, to help celebrate the first evening of Rosh Hashanah with special blessing over foods for a sweet and prosperous new year. Dina, from Russia, survived the Holocaust and lives in the area, near her daughter.
After dinner, we sang and danced to “Tumbalalaika,” a Yiddish folk song about love taught to us by Dina. For the record, she was the eldest among us and out-danced us all!