“So we just flew back from chaperoning an amazing trip thanks to MAYANOT: Taglit-Birthright Israel,” Wrote Chabad Emissary Bentzion Groner in a Facebook post. “The connecting flight had been delayed 3 hrs. and everyone was tired.
About an hour into the 8 hr. flight, one of the young passengers, a little boy with Autism, started to have a meltdown. His cries were heard throughout the plane and you could feel the tension among the other passengers. No one wanted to say anything but it was getting very uncomfortable.”
Then, however, Rabbi Groner’s wife Rochel, co-director of Friendship Circle at the Groners’ Charlotte, North Carolina Chabad house, saved the day.
“After about 15 minutes, Rochel walked over to his seat by the window and put out her hand. He looked up and took it. They walked together to the bulkhead where she sat rocking and playing with him for a couple hours.
“While most of the passengers watched in awe,” Groner mused, “little did they know that for Rochel, this is her life. At Friendship Circle, ZABS Place (a resale boutique run by Chabad that employs special-needs adults) and Chabad, we’re taught that if we just offer our hand in love and acceptance, miracles will follow.”
The Facebook post, which was originally shared on Friday, has since gone viral, with over 4,000 reactions and nearly 800 shares.