In one word? Incredible. But really is the smile that split my face that gave it all away.
The view from the car window as we approached Kiryat Malachi was flat and straight for miles. It was very different from the familiar Judean hills surrounding Jerusalem. The lines of the hills and mountains around Jerusalem draw the eye ever upward towards the heavens. It always seemed to me as if the area’s topography was enlisted in a larger scheme to instill hope in those who live and visit there. But in Kiryat Malachi, the land is flat and people must create their own hope. We drove down the streets, no longer in Jerusalem territory, and I soon discovered that in this town, it takes a mountain of human strength to create a small mound of hope just big enough to get by.
In a region too often associated with conflict, one initiative is doing its best to provide unconditional love and support. And with its new center in Kiryat Malachi, the sky’s the limit…
This year, the kids in Sderot gave instead of received. “The kids felt empowered. They were strong enough to help someone else.”
It took a gaggle of giggling grade 10 girls to prove, yet again, that Israel’s strength lies in its twin trusts.