Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the final flights of Operation Dove’s Wings, the decades-long effort to bring Ethiopian Jews who are members of the lost tribe of Dan home to Israel. While The Fellowship is thrilled to help these Jews make aliyah (immigrate to Israel), we also work with them in the years after they arrive in Israel to ensure they have the language skills, education, and vocational training necessary to become full, productive citizens of the Holy Land.
The Fellowship received this letter from the mayor of Netivot, a city in southern Israel that is in close proximity to Gaza. Mayor Zohar thanks us for helping make their bomb shelters safe and useable - a lifesaving necessity for southern Israelis during the long days of Operation Protective Edge.
The Maccabeats’ latest video, shot in New York City and Jerusalem, is a medley of 12 songs about home. What a great celebration of the ceasefire and return to relative peace in the Holy Land.
Rivka is an 80-year-old immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She lives alone in southern Isarel and has no one to take care of her. She speaks minimal Hebrew and was very confused by the constant code red sirens warning of incoming rockets during Operation Protective Edge.
There is no protected room in Rivka’s home, so she would simply sit inside and pray when an alarm sounded. Thankfully, a mobile bomb shelter was placed outside of her house, and she became much calmer once she had a place to go.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the final flights of Operation Dove’s Wings, a decades-long project to bring the members of the lost tribe of Dan home to Israel. The Fellowship has been instrumental in this operation, and was there for the huge celebration when these final flights arrived in the Holy Land.