Dozens of elderly widows from all over Israel recently flew to the US for a unique and first-of-its-kind journey.
The preparation for the special trip lasted for several months, and the women recently returned to Israel after a long and exciting eight-day visit. The trip was organized by the organization ‘Niflaot Mitgabrut’ under the title “We are all as one” and was planned down to the last detail, with each day full and overflowing with activities for the body and soul.
On the morning of the first day of the trip, they participated in a special activity by Mrs. Yifat Singer, entitled “For the body and the soul,” and davened at Chabad World Headquarters 770. They later held a special event with the purpose of getting to know each other and presenting the “song of the journey.”
“The week that the event took place was of significance, as it was the same week as the Shavuos holiday, as well as the week of the annual Conference for Nshei Chabad, in which the Rebbe would participate,” said Mrs. Miri Shneorson, founder of the organization who led the trip together with an extensive team.
The next day, the group traveled to Manhattan and visited, among other things, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Ground Zero, and the United Nations building, as well as a cruise to the southern shores of Manhattan. They ended the day with a dinner at one of the Chabad houses in Manhattan.
After a particularly uplifting Shabbat, the members of the group traveled on Sunday to pray at the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s gravesite in Queens. For a long hour, the members of the group prayed together, and each one separately prayed for themselves and their children.
“We asked for strength for the future,” they said afterward.
The special journey is part of the efforts by ‘Niflaot Mitgabrut’ for elderly widows from throughout Israel. In recent years, no fewer than 12 branches have been established across the country, providing a warm home for them, and where a variety of activities are held, to give them support and strength to deal with bereavement and loneliness.
“In each of the special journeys and events that are organized by “Niflaot Mitgabrut” the miracles unfold, with particularly moving stories of salvation – beyond the very strength that the women derive from the activity,” said Shneorson.