He dreamt about this for eighteen years, and finally it happened! When Johannes Becher came to play for our residents, he told us that for years he'd been dreaming of getting on the plane, landing in Israel, getting a cello from his friend and going to different places to play for people. Speaking to the Holocaust survivors among our residents, he said he could only apologize for what the previous generations of his people did to the Jewish people and express his love through his music.
The residents, many of whom are musicians themselves or have a member of the family in the profession, thoroughly enjoyed beautifully played classical and contemporary pieces. The Russian speakers were especially touched when Johannes played a piece from The Swan Lake. After the concert, Johannes spoke with the residents who asked him many questions. He was especially happy to meet Fern, because he saw her in several of our Facebook posts playing piano.
Staying for lunch, Johannes had plenty of company - most of our volunteers and several staff speak German. We parted with the promise that we'll meet again sometimes. He will be playing in other places around Israel, and we wish him all the best. It was encouraging for everyone to hear that God fulfilled his dream!