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Harmony of Hope: Bringing in the New Year with a concert at the Holocaust Survivors Center

Our congregation had the wonderful privilege and honor of ushering in the New Year by serving and blessing those in our community. The local Holocaust Survivors Center in Lod graciously invited us to be a part of their New Year’s/Christmas celebration by giving a concert for the dear elderly citizens of our community. It was a wonderful opportunity to bless them and share with them who we are and what we believe. 

Our worship team poured their hearts into an array of beautiful songs in Russian that speak about the birth of Yeshua and all He has done for us. They also sang a few well-known songs in Hebrew while the audience listened attentively, absorbing the beautiful melodies and spirit that filled the room. 

Following the singing, I was able to present to the group about our congregation and what we believe. We then read together the story of the birth of Yeshua. I shared with them the importance of the birth of Yeshua and why we need Yeshua to dwell within our hearts. 

It was a joy and blessing to spend the afternoon encouraging, strengthening, and lifting their spirits through this wonderful celebration, but even more, sharing with them our hope and reason that we celebrate.

The majority of the members at the center are from the former Soviet Union and are Russian speakers as are many members in our congregation. Those of us from the former Soviet Union celebrated Christmas on New Year’s Eve/Day. This was traditionally a holiday without any religious significance or meaning, only pure festivities. With all other religious celebrations forbidden, people from any background celebrated to the fullest, including us Jews. While these Holocaust Survivors do not celebrate Christmas, the “New Year” celebration is reminiscent of Christmas in the West. Most have “Christmas Trees” in their homes, exchange gifts, put up lights, sing holiday songs, and more.

It was a blessing to join them in celebrating this new year and share with them our hope and the eternal gift of Salvation made possible only through Yeshua.