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Stories from the Field

Stories of Jewish people we’ve helped make aliyah (emigrate to Israel).

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Veronika and Aleksandr T from Rostov on Don

Veronika and Aleksandr T from Rostov on Don

“Aliyah is a family reunion for me. My sister already lives in Israel and 18 months ago my daughter left on the NAALE education program. I had to go through a process of DNA testing to check the relationship with my father. He had three daughters from three different...

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Sarah W from Sao Paulo

Sarah W from Sao Paulo

“My name is Sarah, I am from São Paulo, Brazil.  I am making aliyah with my daughter Eliane and son Leonardo.” “Aliyah means an opportunity to restore life.  I made the decision to make aliyah when I exhausted all my strength to continue believing in Brazil. It's been...

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Larisa B from Usole-Sibirskoe

Larisa B from Usole-Sibirskoe

My grandfather, Isaak, died in Ukraine during the Second World War.  My grandmother, Maria, was evacu“ated to Irkutsk in 1941 where my father Eduard was born.  Dad lived and studied in Usole-Sibirskoe where he married my mother and later my brother and I were added to...

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Gabriel P from Cordoba

Gabriel P from Cordoba

“My name is Gabriel, I´m from Córdoba, Argentina. Aliyah for me means being able to "go back" to my roots, my origins and reconnect with who I truly am.  I made the decision to make aliyah being aware that my professional experience is in Tourism and Theater, both of...

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Evgenii U from Brovary

Evgenii U from Brovary

“Israel, for me, is a country of opportunities and I see my future only there! I am 23 years and have a higher technical education.  I tried to study well in school, and I think I have already achieved a lot.  It is difficult to get a job in my speciality as a design...

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Eder and Karen S from Sao Paulo

Eder and Karen S from Sao Paulo

“My name is Eder Maciel, I am from São Paulo, Brazil.  I am making aliyah with my wife, Karen and son, Jonathan. We made the decision to make aliyah to provide a better quality of life for our family, because aliyah, for me, means this: better quality of life, new...

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Ioram and Marcela from Sao Paulo

Ioram and Marcela from Sao Paulo

“My name is Ioram.  My wife, Marcela, and I are from São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil. Aliyah means being able to have the possibility of living in the state that we have felt throughout our life to be our country. It means living a Jewish life, giving Jewish...

Yuri and Yulia B from Novosibirsk

Yuri and Yulia B from Novosibirsk

“For my wife, Yulia, and I aliyah means a return to the historical homeland of our ancestors.  I have always been interested in Israel for its unusual (in comparison with other states) history, education, and laws.  Yulia and I met at a party given by mutual friends –...

Tatyana and Aleksandr T from Ufa

Tatyana and Aleksandr T from Ufa

Making aliyah for this family means being closer to their loved ones.  Eight years ago, Tatyana and Aleksandr’s daughter left for Israel on a special program for young programmers.  She liked living and working in Israel very much and now works at the health insurance...

Yoram and Alexandra A from Paris

Yoram and Alexandra A from Paris

Yoram and Alexandra made aliyah with their three children – Meir, Tsvi and Avigayil.  Yoram tells their story. “After the doors of our post-quarantine homes opened, we wanted to do something to bring us closer to the life we wanted to have that had seemed long term to...

Pavel and Anzhelika K from Odessa

Pavel and Anzhelika K from Odessa

Pavel tells their story: “The most precious thing in this life for me is my family.  I want to take care of my girls – my wife Anzhelika and my daughter Alina – so that they have a better life and that we have a future!” “I was born and raised in Odessa by my mother...

Eduardo and Miriam G from Goiania

Eduardo and Miriam G from Goiania

“My name is Eduardo, I am from Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil.  I am making aliyah with my wife Miriam and daughter Helena.  Aliyah means a fresh start and the realization of a dream.” I decided to make aliyah after the birth of my daughter, and I am looking for a better...

Maia and Kakha T from Gori

Maia and Kakha T from Gori

“Israel is a very promising country, and my Jewish roots allow me to go there with my husband Kakha and son, Sergo.  Israel is my ancient homeland.” “We live very poorly here in Georgia and that pushed us towards the idea of making aliyah.  Here in Georgia, we tried...

Alan and Dalia R from Buenos Aires

Alan and Dalia R from Buenos Aires

“We are Alan and Dalia from Buenos Aires, Argentina and we are making aliyah with our small daughter, Tamara. Aliyah is to fulfill a dream that is ours, as well as that of our ancestors who could not fulfill it.  I (Alan) made the decision by talking as a family,...

Bukuri Tornike

Bukuri Tornike

“I feel what I do is right. The minimum reason why I’m moving to Israel is my family and little kid. I want to create a successful future for them. I always wanted to go to Israel but was looking for right time and I lacked some documents. When my uncle received a...

Souli and Perla M from Sao Paulo

Souli and Perla M from Sao Paulo

“My name is Souli, I am from São Paulo, Brazil.  I am making aliyah with my wife Perla. Our connection with Israel goes back a long time, as most of our families live there. We have had a very strong connection with Judaism for a long time and our roots are very...

Gabriel F from Sao Paulo

Gabriel F from Sao Paulo

“My name is Gabriel and I am from São Paulo, Brazil. I decided to make Aliyah, because for me it means being able to reconnect in Israel.  Here in Brazil I can't be myself, and in Israel, I can.  My hope is to get a job, have a better future within my Jewish land. I...

Boris and Inessa Y from Angarsk

Boris and Inessa Y from Angarsk

“For us as a family making aliyah is primarily an opportunity to reunite with a brother who already lives in Israel.  Secondly, we see opportunities for our three children (Mark, Evgenii and Ivana).  And thirdly, the opportunity for us to start a new life.  The...

Miriam and Luis G from Salta

Miriam and Luis G from Salta

“My name is Miriam, I´m from Salta, Argentina.  I am making aliyah with my husband Luis and my children, Tomas and Tali.  For me – aliyah means realizing myself as a Jew. We want to make Aliyah to reunite the whole family, because we are Jews and we want to continue...

Kirill and Olga B from Omsk

Kirill and Olga B from Omsk

“My parents live in Israel, so along with my wife Olga and son, Ilya, we decided we would go and join them.  For me aliyah is something new – I want something better or different.  I also see aliyah as the future for my son.” “Once we arrive, we will go to Ulpan. ...

Mark K from Feodosia

Mark K from Feodosia

“My mom and younger brother have been living in Israel for twenty-five years. And three years ago, my elder daughter also moved there, to study under the NAALE program. By the way, you also helped her in this move. And this year my younger daughter will be traveling...

Dan and Avital S from Marseille

Dan and Avital S from Marseille

Dan and Avital are making Aliyah with their daughter Avigail.  Dan tells their story. “Aliyah for us represents a return to our Holy Land of Israel that God gave us to live in in order to fulfil all the commandments of the Torah.  We visited Israel 6 years ago as part...

Nicolás U from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nicolás U from Buenos Aires, Argentina

“My name is Nicolás, I´m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aliyah means a great opportunity to change my life.  I decided to make Aliyah by talking to my sister (who lives in Israel). I am practically alone in Argentina and having the possibility of improving my life with...

Elmira and Nukri I from Tbilisi

Elmira and Nukri I from Tbilisi

“The main reason we are making Aliyah is thanks to my Hebrew roots.  The second reason is that we are still young to try something new.  It’s not easy now, but it’s a chance to change our life and have a better future for our family.  We lack many things in Georgia...

Sofia O from Irkutsk

Sofia O from Irkutsk

“I have two sons who already live in Israel so I’m going to be reunited with them.  I plan to help them. I have known Ezra International for a long time.  We attended concerts organized by them on Jewish holidays.  When I decided to make Aliyah, I turned to Ezra and...

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