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Monday, February 22, 2016
A Caring Volunteer - Welcome Home Peter
Aleh Hanegevis an amazing place dealing with people of varying disabilities. It is not surprising to hear of volunteers who fall in love with the place.
Read how one volunteer developed close bonds and decided to make his home in Israel
For Peter from Switzerland,
Israel and ALEH Negev are now home.
Peter Paul Brockhausen arrived
at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran from Switzerland 2 years ago on a 3-month joint
volunteer program with the Christians for Israel Foundation. Peter, a Dutch
citizen, is manager of a hotel in Switzerland.
From his first day at the Village,
Peter took an immediate and intense liking to the residents. Quite quickly, he
developed an inexplicably close bond with the Land of Israel. His feelings ran
so deep that the second time he returned to volunteer, he decided to
investigate his ancestry. To his amazement, he traced his lineage a few
generations back until he discovered unquestionably Jewish roots.
Peter’s involvement in ALEH
Negev led him to open a Dutch-language Facebook page to publicize the
activities of ALEH Negev, at the same time advocating on behalf of Israel.
During the course of Operation Protective Edge, Peter posted pro-Israel
messages on Facebook and described life at ALEH Negev in the shadow of war.
Returning for a third volunteer
program at the Village, Peter began the process of conversion through the
Israeli rabbinate. Now back in Israel for a fourth stint, he has received his
Israeli ID and is in the midst of the Aliya process.
As one of ALEH Negev’s most
dedicated volunteers, Peter has learned the professional language used by the
Village staff, forged bonds of trust and friendship with the residents, and
integrated into the work and development programs with the Village residents.
Now as a full-fledged citizen,
Peter has set to the task of learning Hebrew, at the same time continuing his
volunteer work on behalf of ALEH. Upon completion of the Aliya process, he will
become an official employee of ALEH Negev.
Peter is certainly
one-of-a-kind and deserves all the credit that he has earned!