By Sally Korkin - Executive Director, Cedar Village Foundation
Our Israel travelers came home on Sunday, November 2nd to a wonderful homecoming reception. There were "Welcome Home" signs in the lobby and the Wilbur and Mary Jean Cohen Center was filled with a welcoming crowd. Outside the Cohen Center, display boards held prints of many of the photos of our Interfaith Mission and folks told us how much they enjoyed sharing the trip through the photos. We will soon be organizing programs to be able to share our experiences with our Cedar Village family and the community-hope you'll join us for that.
Ten days of international travel with older adults is both hard work and pure joy. I will tell you that every member of our group of 30 learned new things, developed new relationships and bonds and had the opportunity to see the world through the perspective of others. We had some incredibly powerful moments, like standing together at the Western Wall; we had some wonderfully emotional moments, like being the honored guests at a special concert of the Ankor Choir. We shared joy as we watched the re-consecration of a marriage that is 62 years strong and we shared laughter as we danced an improvised hora while sailing on the Sea of Galilee. We were inspired by the incredible accomplishments of Kishorit, a community for adults with special needs and amazed by the extraordinary programs of Yad L'Kashish, Lifeline for the Elderly. Regardless of our differences in age, background, religion and more, we came together and demonstrated just what we had intended-that building bridges is possible at any age, that we are never too old to learn and be open to new experiences.
Even though the Mission is complete, your donations will help offset the expenses of making such a trip possible.
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