Aliyah stories, experiences, insights & reflections
The unique and individual stories of your friends; olim and expats who chose to make Israel their new home
30 years after Aliyah
Barry Braun – Eurovision contestant, Chazzan extraordinaire
We made Aliyah and arrived in Israel on the 2 May 2017. What a day it was! Totally unplanned, we arrived in Israel on Yom Ha’atzmaut, and yes, I did go down on my hands and knees to kiss the ground! It’s funny how people come into one’s life...
My Aliyah Success Story
Grant & Daniella are well integrated into Israel society. “I assess our Aliyah as a successful because we have grown. We have lived, worked and partied in our little Anglo bubble in Israel. We’ve learned a language and have ‘normalized’ ourselves to living in the cultural blender that is Israel…
I am not a huge fan of Israeli supermarkets. It’s been a long time coming. At first, I loved them. I was amused by the surly cashier, looking at me blankly when I asked for help packing my shopping. How I laughed when…
Tips for Olim
My name is Isaac Ben and I am a Canadian who made Aliyah in 2004, and love Israel and all it has to offer. I work in hi-tech and live on a kibbutz. Along with the helpful and essential tips and lists of things to do from Nefesh B Nefesh and the UJA and this site….
The Women of Aliyah
Living in Israel is Hard, Leaving is Harder
When I first made aliyah my hope and idealism were so strong that I though that they could protect me from anything – from bureaucracy, rudeness, and even terrorist attacks. I quickly found out that I was wrong. My naïve American spirit began to shed each day that I was here. After eight years of living in Israel…
Bringing Your Pet to Israel – A Kitty’s Tale
A Day at Misrad Hapnim
An Aliyah Miracle
G-d, through His great goodness, finally said, “Yes. Yes, Rivkah, you can now make plans to come and live in my Land, live among My people. Come soon and grow yet closer to Me.”
Israel Cured Me
Carol Ann Givati
A New Olah
A well known journalist who writes for the Jewish press around the world
My Aliyah Disappointment
As Jews, many of us dream of making the Holy Land our home. And when we begin the process, we’re filled with hope, excitement and joy. When my husband and I got the call to go to the Israeli Embassy to get our passports stamped, we could hardly stand it!
Is He in the Israeli Food Industry?
I wonder if G-d is in the food business on the side. I know He is busy with important things like global warming, the global economic crisis and all other things global but how is it that all the festivals revolve around food? I think G-d is a major shareholder in the food industry
Anonymous Shares his Personal Aliyah Story
Single, I arrived in Israel in 1988. I went straight to an absorption center in Kfar Saba with a group of other singles. It was always my intention to move north to Haifa. I loved the mountains, the sea, the forests and the way of life.
Doreen Guinsburg of blessed memory
A True Zionist in Palestine
As I entered her very modest ground floor apartment in Ahuzza, Haifa, I immediately noticed an antique book-stand filled with lots of interesting old leather bound books. A large collection of nature scenes, watercolors and pastels cover the walls. On the coffee table are a selection of paperbacks on Aliyah, Israel and Zionism..
Lynn Durlacker z” l- Doreen’s beloved sister
Travels up Africa’s Great North Rd. on her way to Israel
One Year After Aliyah
Even though they teach you the word “savlanut” or patience, no one seems to have any. Pray that when the serviceman says he is coming on Tuesday, that he means this coming Tuesday and not one of the 52 Tuesdays this year.
A Lone Soldier in Israel
Lots of unsteady, Zionist motivated, young American adults come to Israel to show their Jewish/Israeli attachment. Maybe it’s just an excuse, and they are searching for their identity in what they presume is a different and friendlier society. In my case, I came to Israel, not because I wanted to contribute to Israel…
Gershom & Bobbie Aliyah from Chicago to Haifa
My wife and I made Aliyah to Haifa in July, 2007. We came from Chicagoland, having spent much of our lives in the New York/New Jersey area. Our two children are grown enough to have remained in the U.S…
My Journey via Turkey, Syrian, Iran & Russia
Being a Jew in Israel
We all have a personal story of our Aliyah journey, share yours with us, if it’s suitable, we’ll publish it. We’d love to hear from you – anglolist[@]gmail.com or use the contact form.