Tel Aviv, Israel

Terry, Shelli and I left the Salt Sea and the close living among the evacuees. Tomorrow we will go to some of the places from which they were driven in horror. Late today, the IDF gave us permission to enter Be’eri and then on to Ashdod.

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Day 03: Yam HaMelach (Salt Sea)

Today is a Birthday I Wonder for whom! ME!!! It’s my birthday. And what a place to celebrate. I gave myself the gift of a massage here in the hotel spa. When I told Tonya, a Russian Jewish immigrant about the tour and that we came to stand with Israel, she reached out to give me a big hug. What a birthday gift to me! Hugged by a Jewish lady who came home to Israel because God worked a miracle and brought them home from the USSR.

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Day 02: Yam HaMelach (Salt Sea)

The Sderot evacuees have been in this hotel almost 60 days. Despite the horrors this community suffered for years and the unimaginable massacre of October 7, this is a lively place. Especially the children. Much of the action happens in the dining room. This morning, a young woman of about 20 told us she was a volunteer, an intern in her study, serving here.

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Yam HaMelach (Salt Sea)

Arrived in Tel Aviv Sunday evening, December 3. Our driver, now 24 years old, was born in Ukraine and came to Israel when he was 3 months old. His grandmother, so tired of antisemitism so prevalent there for centuries, said, when the opportunity came to go to Israel, “I am going. You can come with me or not, but I am going.” Her family followed her.

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