My Impressions by Amy Glaser (Easton, MA)

Shabbat – January 30, 2010

A special Shabbat for me once again. My friend Rella and I attended a concert in Abu Gosh. Abu Gosh is a scenic Arab village between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The village overlooks the hills of Jerusalem and has always had a positive relationship with Israel. The concert was held in a form Crusader Church in the Chapel of the Virgin Mary. The performance was a selection of 4 Bach Cantatas. What mixture of cultures!! Where else could this happen? Only – Israel!

Israelis say “thank you” – Friday, February 12, 2010
On this glorious day, our tour brought us to the beautiful Baron Rothschild’s Garden and Tomb outside the charming village of Zichron Ya’acov. A spectacular beautiful park, including a fragrance garden, palm garden, cascading garden with an explanation of water use and re-use completed that at the garden. It’s a peaceful, calming place to spend an afternoon.
On entering the park a woman guard approached me and asked about the CAARI group. Were we really volunteers? Were we from Canada and the USA? Why would we want to volunteer in Israel? I explained the program and how I had just retired in June. I had alwasy loved Israel and now had the time to give back to the Jewish Homeland! She was so touched and actually filled up with tears. A she hugged me, she said “thank you very much for your effort to my country!” I left her with a few tears too!

The Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel, CAARI, offers active seniors a unique opportunity to experience Israel. The program is designed to explore the biblical landscapes, follow the footsteps of the early pioneers, and envision the future of our Homeland. The CAARI Program includes community service, toursa speakers forum and the camaraderie of the CAARI Family. The Program is designed for to feel, touch, hear and see Israel from the mountains to the desert, from sea to sea, and from ancient to modern.

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