In a spontaneous outpouring of emotion, hundreds of Negev residents lined the streets to welcome the third group of hostages on their return to Israel after 49 days in Hamas captivity. Included in this group were Chen Almog-Goldstein and three of her children, Agam, Gal and Tal, relatives of ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran founder and chairman, Major-Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog. How fitting that the convoy passed by the rehabilitation village named for Doron Almog’s son Eran, a”h, one of the village’s first residents, and the Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Rehabilitation Medical Center, southern Israel’s first rehabilitation hospital, located on the premises of ADI Negev.
IDF Soldier Noam Nissan surprised ADI Jerusalem residents when he strode into the center for a quick and very unexpected hello. Currently serving on the front lines in the Iron Swords War, Noam, a beloved ADI Jerusalem volunteer, received a 48-hour pass to return home and spend time with his family. Two of those hours Noam chose to spend with his “brothers and sisters,” residents of ADI Jerusalem who welcomed Noam with unbridled love and joy.
Amidst celebrations of returning hostages and soldiers on leave, ADI shares the pain of families whose loved ones are still in held in hostage by the Hamas terror organization. Eitan Mor, brother of former ADI Jerusalem National Service volunteer Roni Mor, is among those in captivity.
ADI Jerusalem joined Roni and Eitan’s family in publicizing a special campaign to strengthen awareness and fulfillment of the mitzvah to honor one’s parents, a mitzvah that is especially important to Eitan. May the strengthening of this mitzvah stand as a merit for Eitan and may we soon celebrate his return to Israel together with all of the hostages. Amen.