And He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:12

Stories from the Field

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

Click on a country link to see only the stories associated with that country.

Ruth P from Sao Paulo

Ruth P from Sao Paulo

“My name is Ruth, I’m from São Paulo, Brazil.” “Aliyah means my return home. To make aliyah is much more than to live in Israel, it means to be Jewish, in a JEWISH COUNTRY. I am going alone in a new stage of my life; returning to the roots of our patriarchs. I hope to...

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Anna K from Melitopol

Anna K from Melitopol

“I have always wanted to live in Israel.  While I was still a student, I wanted to leave on one of the Jewish Agency’s programs but then got married and my son, Nazar, was born. So, the question of aliyah was postponed for a while.  Then my husband and I divorced, and...

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Maxim and Natalie Z from Marseille

Maxim and Natalie Z from Marseille

Ezra France helped Maxim and Natalie, along with 9 of their children, to make aliyah!  Maxim tells a little of their story. “Making aliyah is important to us because it is part of the process of spiritual elevation by connection to the Holy Land. The decision to make...

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Smadar B from Sao Paulo

Smadar B from Sao Paulo

“My name is Smadar and I am from Sao Paulo in Brazil.  I’m a single mother with three teenage children – Hanan 16, Haim 14 and Itai 14.  I have decided to make aliyah because this is what my boys want.  They want to study and live in Israel in the Naale school.  I...

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Pavel and Tatyana O from Bendery

Pavel and Tatyana O from Bendery

Pavel and Tatyana made aliyah along with their children Dmitri and Anastasia. “The seasons come and go, and along with the approaching season our long-held dream of making aliyah is also approaching!  No-one in our family, which is living in Moldova, has ever been to...

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Antonio P from Porto Alegre, Brazil

Antonio P from Porto Alegre, Brazil

“My name is Antonio, I´m from Porto Alegre, Brazil.” “To me, aliyah means returning to my home.” “I decided to make aliyah when I found out that I belonged to the people of Israel. I feel sad about leaving Brazil, but I hope to adapt myself to the new life reality of...

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Antonella M from Manta in Ecuador

Antonella M from Manta in Ecuador

Antonella made aliyah with her daughter Santa Lucia and son, Jose.  Antonella is originally from Venezuela, following her divorce, she decided that there are better opportunities in Israel for herself and her children.  Ezra helped pay for documents and extra...

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