It was after Shlomit and her family moved to Bat Ayin that a chance encounter created the impetus for Shlomit to start producing her own organic cosmetics. Shlomit recounts that about 11 years ago, her husband Tomer, who was running a survival training camp for the boys in their community, became sick and was unable to continue leading the camp. He asked Shlomit to take over the camp that day and to teach the kids something special.
Shlomit took the opportunity to first teach the boys about a variety of plants and to then gather those plants with the boys. Together, they started a small fire, extracted nature's remedies from the plants and created a cream to be used as a natural remedy. "All of the plants had remedies that were good for the skin," Shlomit recalls. She wrote the cream's remedies on the jars that the boys used to take the cream home. Within a couple days, Shlomit started to get calls from the mothers of the boys. They said, "We want to come and get some more of the cream from you, how much is it?" Shlomit responded, "I don't have any, I just made some for the kids." The parents encouraged her to produce the cream so that they could purchase more of it from her. They told her that her cream was magical – it cured many ailments that they couldn't find cures for previously. Shlomit then began to make a career out of her passion.
A year or so ago, Shlomit made her first product for Lev HaOlam. Shlomit told us that she really believes in what she is doing and was so happy to learn that people as far as the US would be using products created in Bat Ayin and the surrounding countryside. She was excited that this would give people from around the world a way to connect with us. In addition, Shlomit mentioned several times how inspired she gets by the power of many people working together toward a common goal.
"This year, in addition to being thankful for large order of products from Lev HaOlam, from people across the world, Shlomit is also thankful that she will be able to spend more time with her children. In particular, she is thankful to be close to and to provide care for her five year old, who recently suffered from a rare foot disease that required him to undergo six surgeries to date. When Shlomit learned of her son's ailment, she stopped her full time producing of organic cosmetic. She wanted to be with her son to help him through the first of what would be 6 surgeries. She also told us about how the cost of the procedure was exorbitant – something she couldn't afford – and that the procedure would require her to fly to the United States to have it done. Upon finding out about the Cohen's predicament, the community of Bat Ayin started an online fundraising campaign that managed to surpass the amount needed for the trip and the surgery. In addition to the love and support from the Bat Ayin community, the US doctor that was to perform the surgery on Shlomit's son, upon hearing the Cohen families story, decided to fly to Israel and to perform the surgery here. For Shlomit, this was another example of what amazing things can be achieved when people from all over the world come together toward a common goal.
Before we left Shlomit's house to head back home, Shlomit gave us a message to share with the Lev Haolam subscribers: "I want to thank God for all of you that are taking part in this great project. It is very important and it gives strength to all of us. And not just for me, but when I tell my friends about my work with Lev HaOlam, they get excited about the support that we are getting from all over the world. All the time, we see the television and hear the voices of those who oppose us, but I know all over the world there are so many people that love and support us. Thank you."