I love being part of such a special group of families. We come from all different backgrounds and many different places around the world, but we are bound together in a unique way. We’re like one big family. Most of us don’t have parents or family close by, which makes it even more valuable to be together and support each other in the same big dream; to build an amazing new home in our ancient homeland.

The first time we all met was at a great barbecue in Yerushalayim. We bonded together over the grill, and chatted as if we had known each other forever. At the end of the day I came home with a wonderful feeling. I had found a great group of friends. My kids kept asking me when we’d we see our friends again, because they had such a fun time.

My husband (far right) in deep conversation at our first Neve Chabad barbecue.

My husband (far right) in deep conversation at our first Neve Chabad barbecue.

My husband and I with a couple of our kids on a group tour of the Negev.

My husband and I with a couple of our kids on a group tour of the Negev.

We felt this special bond again a few months later, when we gathered together for an inspiring Shabbaton in the Kibbutz Kramim resort. It was so well organised! Somehow we just worked together really well. We were like one big family that had finally found each other after years apart.

We took a group photo right before candle lighting.

The Shabbos seudos were beautiful. We all sat around one large shabbos table and sang nigunim that of course ended up in a nice chasidice dance, followed by stories and divrei Torah. It was a special meal. After the Friday night meal, the kids went to sleep in their cabins, and seminary girls took over to watch them while the parents went to farbreng. We women gathered in one room, and the men in another. We sang, shared stories, and discussed chassidishe ideas late into the night. We were inspired.
On Shabbos morning, the men gathered a minyan in shul, while the woman gathered on a beautiful patch of grass. The weather was perfect. The kids got together for a psukim rally. After another wonderful meal (of delicious home cooked food) we gathered for workshops, shiurim, and seder niggunim. After havdallah we roasted Melave Malka over a bonfire.
Grilling at our Motzei Shabbos Bonfire.

Grilling at our Motzei Shabbos Bonfire.

Grilling at our Motzei Shabbos Bonfire.

Grilling at our Motzei Shabbos Bonfire.

We had a perfect shabbos with the whole Neve Chabad family.
Soon we’ll all be together in our wonderful Neve Chabad community, bringing Moshiach times to reality.