January 22, 2015 By The FellowshipTwo long-time Fellowship donors recently took a trip to Israel, and Fellowship staff members were delighted to take them around to visit various projects. One staff member tells about his joyful experience taking these donors to a Fellowship-funded soup kitchen: Michael and Beverly were planning on visiting Jerusalem, so I suggested that we go to the Carmei Ha'ir soup kitchen, which is located in central Jerusalem and serves many olim (immigrants) who have lived in poverty for many years. At Carmei Ha'ir, we spoke about the Holocaust survivors and elderly olim from the former Soviet Union (FSU) that we're able to feed. I pointed out that this is one of the 36 soup kitchens we support throughout Israel and that this is the only nourishing hot meal these people receive during the course of the day. Michael and Beverly were very moved to see how many of the people didn’t eat all of the food on their plates, but rather, emptied the food on their plates into bags so they would have food to eat at home that night. There also happened to be some students from America who were volunteering at the kitchen during our visit. I explained that this is an example of the volunteerism that The Fellowship encourages and that is an integral part of our With Dignity and Fellowship program to support the elderly. It was quite clear from the wonderful atmosphere at Carmei Ha'ir - which truly has the appearance of a restaurant with waiter service - that everything I explained about the sense of dignity we want to maintain while feeding the hungry and needy was all true. Michael and Beverly were able to see from the faces of those who came to the kitchen that they are truly in need of the Fellowship's blessings. It was clear that they were moved by the visit. In Michael's words: "It was neat to see the work The Fellowship is doing and truly be part of the blessing."Thank you, to all of our donors, for the wonderful work you help The Fellowship to do!