From Heart to Heart
Nov 1, 2010
It was a meeting of hearts when a group of students from Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, in Ramat Bet Shemesh, joined residents of ALEH Jerusalem for their monthly Rosh Chodesh party. The students arrived full of goodwill and enthusiasm; some even dressed in funny costumes.
The group first received a short orientation about the center, its goals and the children; they then proceeded to visit with and perform for all the residents – from the toddlers to the teenagers. Several of the students brought along their guitars, and one even played the violin! Their high spirits were contagious, and ALEH’s residents responded to them immediately – clapping along and swaying in their wheelchairs. The sounds of laughter, music, and camaraderie that filled the room touched every resident personally.
One child, known to be unresponsive in general, caught the attention of one of the visitors. The visiting Yeshiva student sat down on the floor next to this child, while the group sang songs and danced around them. To the surprise of ALEH staffers, at the end of the visit, this normally unresponsive child reached out to hug his new friend.
The Yeshiva students also found it difficult to say goodbye. Two of the students were so inspired that they asked if they could come to ALEH every Friday – their day off – to play music and sing Shabbat songs with the kids.
Watching the excitement of our children and hearing from the students how much they appreciated the opportunity to be part of such an inspiring experience says it all.
Thanks to the students of Yeshivat Lev HaTorah for bringing such joy into the hearts of ALEH’s children!
In their own words:
“Whether spending just an hour or your whole day with ALEH’s staff and children, it is easy to recognize the amazing work of this organization.” – Jonathan G.
“I never thought I would enjoy visiting ALEH as much as I did. Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces was a feeling I’ll never forget.” – Gabi G.
“ALEH is a beautiful place. It was an unreal experience to go and spend time there with the kids. It was all very inspiring and I really hope I can go back as soon as possible. Thank you ALEH for this amazing experience.” – Noah C.
“Visiting ALEH was a great experience! Seeing the children smiling and dancing with us touched my heart.” – Nathan F.
If your group or school would like to visit ALEH’s children when you are in Israel, please contact Dov to make arrangements.
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