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Saturday, October 21, 2006

October 21, 2006

We arrived in Israel safe and sound on October 16th going straight to the city of Tzfat in the northern Galilee. We worked with a local Jewish non-profit agency named Livnot U'Lahibanot, meaning to build and to be built. We spent two days painting and cleaning bomb shelters which had been used during the recent Lebanese war. These will be used for multiuse purposes like childrens activities and elderly people classes. It was very rewarding work to be able to be part of the recovery process of the country from this terrible war. We stayed at the facility of Livnot which was pretty basic but was a good experience for us . We got to know some of the staff which was also very rewarding in its self.

After our time there we spent Thursday touring the Galilee and arrived in Jeruslam late on Thursday. Friday we spent in the western side of Jerusalem shopping and relaxing which was very nice.

Tomorrow, Shabbat we will go to the Western wall and also spend a good bit of the day in study of the Torah portion for the week and discussions. Later a local person will come to speak with us about their perspective on the situation here in Israel.

Sunday we begin our work in the homes of terror victims, so we expect to have a busy time in the next few days. Please continue to pray for us.

Shabbat Shalom to you all

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Take Off

Road to Zion leaves today to travel to Israel. We have seven people traveling with us this year. We will spend the first three days working in Tzfat near the border with Lebanon- - orthodox community and ancient city - where we will work on bomb shelters that were damaged during the recent war with Hizbollah and Lebannon. We will then travel to Jerusalem and continue our work with victims of terrorism - repairing their homes. We will try to update this as often as possible. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem