I remember having the family for dinner and walking into the den where Joyce and Leonard (Strelitz) were on the phone with national UJA office people in New York—there was no CNN back then. I felt a nervous immediacy being in the room with people getting news directly from Israel. They were listening to the reports with a look of extreme apprehension that chilled me.
As the days passed, I remember the roller coaster of emotions, beginning to wonder: Can the Israelis do it?, and then the news of victory, and the pictures of Israeli soldiers at the Wall. We all shared tears of joy, we all felt privileged to be alive when Jews again could be in Jerusalem.
It just made you weep…it was ours again.
– Marcia Hofheimer