It's 10:30 PM and about 85 women are sleeping soundly by the Sea of Kinneret. You probably have figured out that I'm not an early to bed girl, so it's just the computer and me right now.
Tomorrow morning at 5 AM, IY"H, they're going to be lathered up in their sun tan lotion and dressed in their bathing suits and new swimming T-shirts, ready to hit the beach.
These women - ranging from teens to seniors - will be swimming either 1.5 or 3.5 kilometers in the Kinneret from Kibbutz HaOn to Tzemach in the First Annual Kinneret Swim-a-thon to benefit Sadnat Shiluv, a learning program in Gush Etzion's Rosh Tzurim that mainstreams children with all kinds of health and learning difficulties.
The Swim-a-thon is the dream of Alon Shvut's Vivienne Glaser, whose own son Elchanan, was a member of the first shiluv (integrated) class of the Sadna's Reishit school. After a wonderful education in Reishit, and now a member of a productive and happy home in the Sadnat Shiluv program, Elchie is an able resident of the Rosh Tzurim community.
Vivienne wanted to give other young people the opportunity that Elchie had, and so she launched this Swim in order to raise money to create two new living spaces for other young Sadnat students.
Tomorrow morning at 5 AM, we begin registration, so I think I'd better call it a night too.
More from the beautiful Kinneret tomorrow.
Good luck to the women who will be taking to the water with their colorful bathing caps and their high spirits.
If you're reading this blog right now, you're not up with us in the Kinneret, but you can still participate by donating to www.israelgives.org (write in Sadnat Shiluv).