|Ryazan: A journey to the Promised Land||| Print ||
|Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:10|
At the end of the summer in the Jewish community of the city of Ryazan, an extraordinary event happened. It was "Journey to the Promised Land".
The journey was conditional, game, and after all real. The members of the family center of the community, as well as children with disabilities traveled by boat on the river Oka. It was not just an entertainment trip, but a virtual journey to the Land of Israel. The real representation that the ship carries passengers to Eretz Yisrael, reborn after 2000 years of Galut.
The first part of the journey was called "The path into the unknown". The ship was designed as a museum of the history of the rebirth of Israel. The pictures from the history of Eretz Yisrael on the walls, the extracts from the Declaration of Independence, the history of the first settlers.
The second part - "Israel today" - included intellectual and role-playing games. A quiz on the knowledge of the realities of the modern Israel. The Baton "Road to the future". The Construction of the Third Temple, when children built a model of the Temple with colored cubes and children's constructors.
Imagination and ideas of children were richer than what they were able to realize. People in the community believe that the world is driven by ideas. Once upon a time the dream of the revival of Israel used to be just an idea, but through perseverance, hard work and faith in God help Jews realized this dream into reality. And children, says the head of the Ryazan community Ludmila Zakharova, will grow up and work for the implementation of their dreams in life. And this summer day of a "virtual" journey to the Promised Land will be remembered for the whole life.
For children with disabilities, it was not just a holiday and a happy day, it was the day that comes in dreams and you want to come back to, even being adult. They communicated with other children, played, competed, had their parents and community members cheering them, they were with their people, and touched the Holy Land.
The journey was held with the financial support of the Renaissance of Traditions Fund "Jewish National Fund".