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Stories from the Field

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

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Jessica and Nicolas A from Buenos Aires

Jessica and Nicolas A from Buenos Aires

“We are Jessica and Nicolas from Buenos Aires, Argentina.  For us aliyah means growth, projects, future, family. The first step to improve our quality of life in a country that allows us to progress.  We made the decision as a family, so that we can both develop, both...

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Nataliya D from Konotop

Nataliya D from Konotop

“It is a tremendous miracle for me that my mother was able to find documents proving our Jewish roots and that we can make aliyah.  We have been dreaming about this in our family for a long time but only now is the dream coming true.” “When I was a teenager, I wanted...

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Simona and Viktor F from Samara

Simona and Viktor F from Samara

“Making aliyah for us means to live in our own country, our own land together with people who are close and dear to us.  Our daughters and grandchildren have been living in Israel already for a long time.  We decided we wanted to live near them.  We are hoping...

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Yanina and Alejandro B from Buenos Aires

Yanina and Alejandro B from Buenos Aires

My name is Yanina, I´m from Buenos Aires, Argentina.  I am making aliyah with my husband, Alejandro, and daughter, Iara.  We come from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina – 3 Jews by birth with Jewish culture!” “For us aliyah means being able to start a new life...

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Aleksandr and Tatiana S from Kremenchug

Aleksandr and Tatiana S from Kremenchug

“I am Russian according to my passport, Jewish by nationality, a former military pilot.  We have been living in Ukraine for a long time in the city of Kremenchug.  Our daughter and her family have lived in Israel for a very long time. Although there was talk about war...

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Rodolfo and Suzanna O from Sao Paulo

Rodolfo and Suzanna O from Sao Paulo

“We are Rodolfo and Suzanna from São Paulo, Brazil.  Aliyah for us means a return to our origins. My children made aliyah and now we also have grandchildren, we intend to be close to them.” “We had difficulties with bureaucracy and high and hard expenses to get the...

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Rafik and Raisa I from Baku

Rafik and Raisa I from Baku

“Our children would call us and convince us that we should come to them in Israel.  At first, we did not dare to leave and then we said, ‘what do we lose if we go?’  You have to leave while you can.  How do you know what will happen tomorrow?  It is all unknown.  So,...

Denise and Marcelo S from Buenos Aires

Denise and Marcelo S from Buenos Aires

“We are Denise and Marcelo, along with our son Alex from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aliyah means finding a better future for our family.” “Recently my daughter entered the Naale study program and went to live in Israel for 3 years. We believe that she will definitely...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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