We were honored to be invited by the Holocaust Survivors in Rishon LeTzion to their joint Hanukkah - New Years Party. 

Hearts were gladdened by our young children playing some of their favorite classical songs.
Children play piano
As stories were shared, and hugs exchanged, these brave survivors expressed sincerest appreciations to all of you who helped with your gifts to bring some warmth and cheer to our dear friends. 
Giving is a blessing
Gifts were exchanged with love and thanksgivings...

Your contributions warmed their hearts, but also their fragile bodies, with winter robes for those celebrating yet another birthday this year. 
Giving thanks for gifts

They asked that we tell all of you specifically, you who care enough to think about them, that you would also be enriched in this New Year with the same love and comfort that you have extended to them.
Hanukkah at Home
On the last evening of Hanukkah, we honored a number of families during the candle lighting ceremony. Our youth pastors,
New Year Blessings
Dima and Sarah pictured below, lit the first candle in thanks for the birth of their first daughter this year. We also acknowledged the miracle for another couple who had their first baby after 15 years of marriage. Others who came forward were new members who have come to faith in the Messiah this year, a young man baptized, a family who purchased their first apartment in Israel after many years of hard work, new married couples and our brave soldiers, some who have completed their service and others who are just beginning. Honoring one another and c elebrating the blessings of God are such an important part of building family and friendships that will stay with us in the years to come.

Just For Fun

Now that our children's rooms are open again (thanks to many of your contributions) the kids celebrated the season with doughnut designing fun. Because they are cooked in oil, eating doughnuts is the Israeli way of remembering the Hanukkah miracle.

Dounut designs

For children in Israel, the 8 days-of-oil miracle means an 8-day-holiday out of school! For hard working moms and dads finding creative ways to occupy the children during the week is not easy, so we like to give the kids a little taste of fun to remind them that...

"all good gifts come from our Father above."

Kids at work

Thanks to all of you for partnering with us making it possible for these children to have meaningful experiences with family and friends.

As we enter this New Year let us stand together in prayers and support for one another, for our families and our nation. This has been such a memorable time of year for all of us, may these special moments inspire us to continue sharing our love, and the gift of our Messiah throughout the whole year.


We always love to hear from you.
David and Michaella for  the Beit Immanuel Congregation
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