...Shalva Tea. Herbal Tea from the Land of Israel.Today's Hebrew lesson:
"Shalvati" = my serenity
Shalva Tea. Cute, right?
(This play on words is not mine. It is printed on the package - as you'll see below - but only works in a Hebrew/English combo because "tea" is pronounced "tay" in Hebrew!)
When we were in Israel in January, my dear friend, Shoshana, invited me out for coffee. Her daughter recommended that we visit the cafe in the beautiful, new, state-of-the-art Shalva building. Shalva is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers individuals with disabilities and their families in Israel. They provide therapies, activities and loads of love. When we lived in Har Nof, Shalva was a small neighborhood operation, started by local parents of a child with disabilities who wanted to help their son and others like him live a better life. (Read more here.) What a wonderful surprise to see what they have since accomplished!
The staircase up to the cafe offers one of the many meaningful messages that Shalva is all about...
One wall is dedicated to the smiling faces of their clientele
while another brought me to tears with this plaque:
|Names of all the couples who met while working at Shalva.|
In the coming days and weeks, when I need a break from the Pre-Pesach Panic, I'll sip my Shalva Tea and Remember Jerusalem, the holy city about whom King David famously said: "...those who love you will be serene." (Psalms 122:6). May we soon enjoy a cuppa together in a peaceful, rebuilt Jerusalem.
Wishing you and yours Pre-Pesach SereniTea and a happy, healthy holiday when it arrives.