Tribute to Israel – Trip 3
We left our home for Israel
An adventure we did seek.
We joined a group called CAARI
Our curiosity they did peak.
There camaraderie and sense of purpose
Was truly what we found.
Together we traversed the land
And walked on holy ground.
While working in Israel’s forests
We helped clear the cherished land.
It left us with a feeling that..
was absolutely grand.
We developed an understanding
Of what it took to thrive.
And how much grit and determination it took
For our people to survive.
In schools we saw the children
with bright and smiling faces.
To Israel their families came
From strange exotic places.
Tel Aviv is such a beautiful city
Bathed in sunshine we walked its’ shores.
It has a uniqueness like not other
This city we really do adore!
Each Shabbat morning
We joined a different group in prayer.
When granted and aliah, Ron felt…
We truly belonged here!
As we traveled from place to place
Each had it own story to tell.
And Neil our trusty guide
Knew the history oh so well.
Susan kept us organized
And counted us off, each and everyday.
Made sure that we found sheritim
And that no one went astray.
Jerusalem, the Holy City
With mosques, churches, and synagogues galore.
The Wall, Museums and Gardens
Did we explore.
Visits to Gush Etzion and Yad VaShem
Always make me cry.
I don’t think I’ll really understand
Why so many had to die.
And so during this month of February
Throughout Israel did we roam.
We’re grateful to CAARI for the experience
But we’re ready to return to our home!
And so to Israel, my adopted homeland
To visit once again, I yearn.
Until then I’ll wait and pray and dream about
The day when I will return.