Another Couple Makes the Dream A Reality

Nefesh B’Nefesh continues its great work bringing American Jews home to Israel. The Jerusalem Post has a write-up of one such couple – who made aliya along with another 230 this past month.

Just a short warning to both Yonit, who worked for the mayor, and Joe, who worked as a police officer. I am sure you know this already – but both the government and the police force are very different here than in America. Adjusting to a completely different work environment is part of the adjustment of moving to Israel. Knowing how difficult this may be is one way to prepare for the change.

Another couple….


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anan yehudi
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 05:28:44

    Great! Just what we need, more old and retired people who cant contribute to the state any longer while sucking state funds dry with aliyah benefits.

    Yes, yes. Its nice old people are making aliyah…But to me its somewhat upsetting.
    —Why has Israel become a Florida, a retirement state for old American Jews?
    —Aliyah agencies should be targeting the young with their benefits (monetary-tax relief/Academic, etc), who have their whole lives ahead of them to contribute.

    But what I absolutely hate the most….Are the North American jews who come to Israel, receive the state benefits and then decide the Israeli culture shock is too much to handle and return to their states of origin, without repaying the tax payers of Israel. I simply don’t differentiate that from thievery.

  2. westbankmama
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 15:58:11

    whoa there yehudi! – First of all, who says these immigrants are “sucking state funds dry”???? Nefesh B’Nefesh helps those that need it, but they are a private organization. Second, these retired people are taking their retirement funds from America and spending them here in Israel!! Renting apartments or buying, buying a car, and going on trips helps the local economy, not to mention the VAT that they spend on every purchase.

    Second, how can you put a price tag on Jews coming home?

    Third, these immigrants are an inspiration to Israelis. American Jews are not running away from anything when they come to live in Israel – they are coming to something.

  3. neshama
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:28:35

    Wow, Yehudi, you just insulted me and many other fine Americans that have decided that America is NO LONGER the place to be!

    Yes, I am a retired woman, full of life and love for Eretz HaKodesh, and B”H so very happy to have been able to scrape together a small sum of funds to move here. Nefesh was helpful, but in reality it is the olim that do all the hard work. We move to a totally different environment, different everything, but continue to apply our energies to adapting and coping and contributing. Yes, some have a much harder time in their klita, but they should not be faulted for this, after all they were raised in a totally different environment and ‘change’ for many is extremely difficult.

    B”H I am “accepting”, and applying my emuna and bitachon to whatever comes my way each day.

    We, who come here, want a better life ………… in the Jewish sense ……….. We want to be closer to those things that are Jewish, and especially closer to other Jews.

    I would move to a moshav, raise veggies, flowers, be among the birdies, have a goat (for my husband who likes them), and luxuriate in the morning sun and evening stars ………….. but my husband needs the Yeshiva davening, walls and seforim, to feel comfortable.

    There is no finer place in the entire world to be than in Hashem’s garden – Eretz HaKodesh.

    Yehudi, please rethink such a harsh outlook.

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