Israel Relief Aid, in partnership with a local center, organized a tour
to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, including a hot lunch for a busload of
impoverished Israelis/Holocaust Survivors who would otherwise never get
to go. The history of the Western
Wall and temple mount was presented straight out of the ancient source
materials. A hot meal was provided.
In this group of 20, there
were Holocaust Survivors, and some disabled, and widows . . . some
religious, some not religious.
However, all living below the poverty line and not able to afford a day
tour to Jerusalem.
This is our third tour now,
and we’ve found that Jerusalem’s Western Wall is
one of the most requested places that Israelis have never been and would like
However, this tour is
different from other day trips for Israelis, because ancient history is
presented from the ancient Hebrew writings, which are read to the participants
in a way so that they can understand the ancient writings and correspond them
to what they are seeing, many of which also include present-day references and
allude to the future.
Afterward, the group was given a hot meal in a café in
Jerusalem and discussed what they saw and heard. This happened to be an important part of the
trip because it was over 100 Deg F on this day!
The tour included distribution of books and Hebrew CD’s. Some 20 Hebrew were
given out which related to the ancient writings and predictions.
A sideline is that these
impoverished Israelis come away also with new friendships from these tours, and
for many that are lonely, it is a wonderful thing.
Aid thanks everyone that helped to make this tour happen, and helped to bring a
meaningful experience to these Israelis living below the poverty line. Two
more tours are being planned.