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Guest Blogger: Yehudis Ash: Machane Oz and Nivei Kineret

give July 29, 2014


Hi! My name is Yehudis Ash from Cedarhurst, New York and I’m having the summer of my life on GIVE!! Yesterday, in particular was one of the best days of the summer so far. We started off the day traveling to an army base called Machane Oz. We gave out Ben and Jerry’s ice cream toall  the soldiers on reserve at their base. To quote one of the soldiers, “they had been moping around all morning. When the GIVE girls came with their ice cream and smiles, it really made their day and they were THRILLED.” After the army base, we had our first falafel lunch of the summer in a beautiful, natural springs park. Then, we left for a community for special needs adolescents and adults called Nivei Kineret. Personally, it was the most amazing experience of my life. The residents put on a performance for us, which was INCREDIBLE. The show lasted 45 minutes and was everything from singing classic hebrew songs to modern day dancing. Everyone was in tears listening to these young adults sing about hope in Hashem and was so moved by their performance. After the show we split up into two groups. One group went to play sports with some of the residents, and the other group went on a walk with the rest of them. I was in the second group, and we all paired up with a resident from the community and took them to a field not far from the sports games. We sang songs with them and played games. Even though many of them were not verbal, you could tell by the looks on their faces just how happy we made them. When we left after saying mincha there, they were all waving at us and looking genuinely sad that we were leaving. Some of the residents  kept shouting “L’Hitraot!” over and over again. When we returned to the hotel we had some chill time before night activity. NIght activity started off with a game of gaga, advisors vs. campers. Campers obviously won every round (partially due to the fact that we outnumbered them..). And then after the game, Alexa and Jenny introduced a tehillim initiative we will be starting on GIVE for the continued safety of Am Yisrael. We all got to sign up for perakim of tehillim, and we hope to be able to finish the whole sefer as a GIVE family! And then, the highlight of everyone’s night was when Erin got a call from “David Cutler”, which turned out just to be her way of breaking out to us that we’re going to YERUSHALYIM on WEDNESDAY I”YH!!! There were screams and tears all around the room, and everyone really felt that their tefilot had been answered. We can’t wait for more amazing days to come, in the holy city of Yerushalayim!