S: Room in the Heart Room in the Home
FC: Room in the Heart | Room in the Home | Written by: Hindy Labkowski
3: Dedicated to my grandparents, Zaidy and Bubby Rubashkin, who have always showed me the meaning of opening our home to others.
4: Not so very far away there is a very special place. Maybe you can drive there if you'd like. You will see a big sign:
5: Welcome to Gan Israel
7: Gan Israel is a boys' overnight camp nestled in the Catskill Mountains. Every summer, boys arrived from all over to join together for a fun - filled two months. The awesome activities, the thrilling trips, and the uplifting bonfires kept them coming back year after year. And there was one thing the boys never forgot. The Cook.
8: Bubbe Rosa, as she was fondly called, was the cook in Gan Yisroel. She was a warm, caring lady with a big smile, whom they all loved. She knew every boy's favorite dish and was ready to prepare it to make the boys happy. Bubbe Rosa was not just a cook; she was the Bubby of the camp.
10: She knew how to cure colds, cure bits, and most of all cure a bad case of homesickness.
11: She was always there for everyone with her warm caring touch.
12: And always at her side was her devoted husband, Zaide Getzel. He was a learned, well-liked man who was constantly there to help: sifting flour, checking eggs, and keeping his wife company late into the night. Boys young and old looked up to him with admiration. The little ones would love to stroke his long white beard with their little hands (if they could).
14: It was late Thursday night. The moon was shining high in the sky surrounded by stars blinking like fireflies. Bubba Rosa and Zaide Getzel were in the kitchen hard at work.
15: Kugels were cooling on the racks and the smell of homemade challah filled the air. Bubbe Rosa was standing on a stool mixing a big pot. Zaide Getzel was at the table checking eggs for the Shabbos chocolate cake, the boys' favorite.
16: There was a knock on the door.
17: Who could it be? All the campers were supposed to be sleeping!
18: At the door stood a young couple holding a baby, looking tired and lost. "We've been driving for hours now and can't find our way," said the man yawning. "Is there, by any chance, an extra room we can use for the night?" "Of course," replied the older couple without an extra thought.
21: They quickly showed them to a small, tidy room at the end of the long hallway. The place was quiet, so early in fact, that not a a sound could be heard, not a soul was in sight. It was early on Friday morning, so early in fact, that it was still dark outside.
24: A baby's cry could be heard coming from the room at the end of the hallway. After a few minutes the crying died down. Out of the room came a tired looking mother with a bottle in her hand.
25: She stumbled down the unknown corridor towards the kitchen to prepare food for her hungry infant. She fumbled for the light switch. As the light lit up the room she stepped back, her hands up to her mouth, shocked!
28: Are you surprised or amazed that an old Bubby and Zaidy, would give their beds to a young man and lady!? After cooking and baking until late in the night, a restful night's sleep was finally in sight. But the minute a lost couple needed a place to stay, Bubbe Roza and Zaide Getzel knew only one way. Caring for other people was always their first thought, helping others in a quiet way was a lesson they taught. Their way of life was to give of their own, because, when there is room in the heart - there is room in the home!
29: The End