Day One – Jewish Home Family Elders’ Mission to Israel

Getting ready to deliver prayer notes from our Kotels to the Western Wall

Getting ready for our 2018 Jewish Home Family Mission to Israel we invited residents, staff and the community to write traditional notes with hopes, prayers and blessings and stick them in the replicas of Jerusalem's Western Wall (Kotel) at each of our facilities. Today we collected those notes to bring with us to Jerusalem, where we will lovingly insert them in the ancient cracks of the Kotel. We and our residents are honored to be 'shlichei mitzvah', emissaries of good deeds as we transport these heartfelt expressions to Jerusalem with us. We look forward to sharing our journey with you along the way here on Facebook, on our other channels and on our email list (write to to receive the daily emails).

Posted by The Jewish Home Family on Monday, 8 October 2018

Dear friends,

After a long day and night of travel, we arrived at Ben Gurion airport at around 7:00 this morning.  Although we had good intentions, none of us–staff or residents–managed to sleep on the plane.  But we got our second (our third) wind and had an incredible, busy day.

We began with a visit to Neot Kedumin, where we had breakfast and each of us planted an oak tree in the Jewish National Forest.  Our guide, Yaacov, told us that we were all now “rooted in Israel.”

From there we headed to Ammunition Hill and learned the story of the 1967 War. Then on to Mt. Scopus where we had an extraordinary view of Jerusalem and we said our “Shehechianu” prayer. Lunch was delicious falafel which we ate at outdoor tables, soaking in the view.

We finished our day at the Western Wall, which was an emotional experience for all of us.  We brought all of the notes that had been placed in our Western Wall replicas and carefully placed them in the wall.  We stood together, we prayed and many shed a tear.

Wrapping up our day we checked into our hotel and finished the evening with a delicious dinner. I asked the residents about their impressions of the day and heard many glowing reports.  My favorite comment came from Alan Horowitz, who lives at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.  Alan said to me “No one could have gone through the day we did without it enhancing their pride in their Judaism.  We are here because of so many who went before us and so many who gave up their lives. Regardless of how religious someone is, you felt a ‘oneness’ that was a great emotional experience.”

All the best,


About the Author
Carol Silver Elliott is President and CEO of The Jewish Home Family, which runs NJ's Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living, Jewish Home Foundation and Jewish Home at Home. She joined The Jewish Home Family in 2014. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Cedar Village Retirement Community in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of the boards of LeadingAge and the Association of Jewish Aging Services.
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