Millennium Centre Dedication
It all began with a plot of land filled with thorns. Then came tons of planning, visits to the building site, and meetings in the winter and summer over many years of hard labour. For more than a decade, we dreamed that one day we would have a permanent home, a home from which we can grow and continue our activity.
On the day of the Millennium Centre dedication, I (Batya) couldn't believe my eyes. The cold building and the large hall looked stunning—elegantly decorated, wrapped in light, inviting. Tables were set with fragrant herbs, and everything was festive and beautiful, ready to receive our visitors. Klezmers, Jewish folk musicians, welcomed the visitors with pleasant music. The guests came in large groups, representing Africa, England, the U.S., Europe, Israel, and other nations from around the world.
The dedication began with a prayer, committing the building to the fruitful and continuous activity of our charity work. It continued with setting the mezuzah at the entrance, officially cutting the ribbon, and eating a delicious meal. It was a blessed time, full of music, thankfulness, and joy. The atmosphere was so warm, and we felt the support and love from all around. The feeling of elation and satisfaction from our many years of hard work toward fulfilling this dream was beyond words.
While the hundreds of visitors were busy eating and touring the building, an ambulance and three motorbikes that were donated by Vision for Israel to emergency and rescue organizations arrived to the premises. We were also honoured to have the mayor of Modi'in, Mr. Hayim Bibas, in attendance. He said a few words, blessed us, and helped us cut the ribbon.
All of this was possible thanks to our friends and supporters and their vision, faith and hard work. We thank our friends who stood with us, believed in our vision, and helped us bring it to life.