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Chanukah in Kibbutz Kfar Aza

On Tuesday evening I was invited to take part in the lighting of the eighth Chanukah candle at a party in Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

The kibbutz is situated in a beautiful pastoral area. It is carefully tended, with carpets of green grass, and the children were running on the paths of the kibbutz singing Chanukah songs.

December 25, 2014

 

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Dear Chaverot,

On Tuesday evening I was invited to take part in the lighting of the eighth Chanukah candle at a party in Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

The kibbutz is situated in a beautiful pastoral area. It is carefully tended, with carpets of green grass, and the children were running on the paths of the kibbutz singing Chanukah songs.

As you will remember, over 300 people, including whole families, were hosted at WIZO Nir Haemek (near Afulla), throughout the Protective Edge Campaign. The kibbutz invited us to the Chanukah party to thank us for the help that we gave them during the war.

'That is our mission' I told them 'You do not have to thank us, we all have to thank you.
You are living on the front line'.

The dining room of the kibbutz (which is home to 800 people) was full, mainly with young families: the candles were lit, the children performed, soldiers of the unit that is stationed in the kibbutz, joined in. The atmosphere was one of happiness, and gratitude.

I was very pleased to meet them again, I had become very attached to them, and I continue to appreciate the bravery of these 'anonymous soldiers' who have lived through attacks and sirens for many years, but continue to build and nurture their beautiful kibbutz, with its warm community.

Yes, these are our true heroes: without uniforms………babies, children and adults.

On the way home I thought to myself that maybe there would not be another round, and things would settle down….but already yesterday morning there was an attack from Gaza, and one of our soldiers is badly injured…………such a shame!

But I am not giving up, the opposite is true. We salute these good people who live on the border of Gaza.
We are all, including our WIZO movement, continuing to build and nurture, the State of Israel, contributing to a society with children, and families, who are resilient.

We will continue to pray for the peace that we all long for.

With warm regards,

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Professor Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson,
World WIZO Executive

 


Januka en el Kibbutz Kfar Aza

Queridas javerot,

Esta semana fui invitada a participar en una fiesta para encender la octava vela de Januka en el Kibbutz Kfar Aza, pegado a la frontera con la Franja de Gaza.

El Kibbutz está ubicado en una zona pastoral, llena de hermosos jardines con amplios y verdes pastos. Los niños corrían por los senderos del Kibbutz cantando canciones de Januka.

Como recordarán, más de 300 personas, entre ellas familias enteras, fueron albergadas en WIZO Nir Haemek (aledaña a Afula), durante la Campaña Margen Protector. El Kibbutz nos invitó a la fiesta de Januka para agradecernos por la ayuda que les brindamos durante la guerra."

"Esa es nuestra misión", les dije. "Ustedes no necesitan agradecernos, nosotros somos los que les debemos agradecerl a ustedes. Ustedes viven en la línea de fuego, ustedes están en el frente.".

El comedor del Kibbutz (en donde viven más de 800 personas) estaba lleno de gente, sobre todo de familias jóvenes. Se prendieron las velas, los niños actuaron y los soldados estacionados en el Kibbutz se unieron a la festividad. Reinaba un ambiente de alegría y gratitud.

Me produjo mucho placer volver a verlos. Me sentí muy unida a ellos y aprecio mucho la valentía de estos "soldados anónimos" que viven durante años sufriendo los ataques y las sirenas y sin embargo continúan construyendo y cultivando su hermoso kibutz y su cálida comunidad.

Sí, esos son nuestros verdaderos héroes: héroes sin uniforme… bebés, niños y adultos.

De regreso a casa, pensé en el camino que quizás no se volverán a reanudar las hostilidades, que las cosas se arreglarán… y sin embargo a la otra mañana hubo un nuevo ataque desde Gaza y uno de nuestros soldados resultó gravemente herido… esto es muy lamentable!

Pero no me doy por vencida, todo lo contrario. Aplaudo a esta valerosa gente que vive en la frontera con Gaza. Todos nosotros, incluyendo nuestro Movimiento WIZO nos dedicamos a construir y cuidar de nuestro Estado de Israel y contribuimos a que nuestra sociedad, nuestros niños y las familias continúen siendo resilientes.

Sigamos rogando por la paz que todos anhelamos.

 

Con mucho cariño,

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Professor Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson,
Ejecutivo de WIZO Mundial

Chanukah in Kibbutz Kfar Aza

 

 

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