“My Thoughts” By Paula Silver, (Toronto)

When asked, I often say that when I visit Israel, each step uncovers another century.  For example, today we began in the twenty-first century, listening to the story of the heroic firefighters in the Birya Forest combating the fires of the 2006 Lebanese War and the ensuing reforestation by the JNF and dedicated volunteers.  Our next stop was the twentieth century story of Josef Trumpeldor and the seven hehitzim who died in the defense of their settlement of Tel Hai.  Their sacrifice inspired the heroism of those who defend the land to this very day.  The day finished at Tel Dan with a hike through the history from twentieth century (CE), illegal Jewish immigration, back to the tenth century (BCE) evidence of the northern kingdom’s biblical transgressions.  Every CAARI day reveals more of the State and every revelation binds me more deeply to the Land.  My personal connection includes my dad’s stories as a helutz in teh 1920’s and my maternal uncle’s family history spanning ten generations.  Yet, I have never felt as close to the land as these last few weeks in CAARI:teaching eager children, listening to dynamic speakers and touring unique sites.  Each day and every step draws me to my own story, to the depths of my feelings forging on ever stronger bond to Israel and to the Land.
Paula Silver (Feb. 22, 2012)
“Me, too” said Lou Silver

Pictures of Paula and Lou with CAARI! 

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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