In Israel we call our facilities for the aged beit avot, which translates as “a home for our fathers.” Truth be told though, for most of our mothers and fathers, or grandmas and grandpas, leaving family and friends to live in close quarters with a new group of people in a different town doesn’t feel much like home. However, for the elderly Messianic Jews in Israel, their faith in Yeshua (Jesus) seems to be making a difference.
On the side of a hill nestled in a quiet backstreet just outside the old Arab quarter of Haifa, a group of fragile Messianic seniors live together in a beit avot called “Ebenezer.” The name was given by Rev. Harcourt Samuel, then-president of the International Hebrew Christian Alliance (today known as the Messianic Jewish Alliance). It is taken from I Samuel 7:12 and means, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”