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

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Boris (Baruch) and Natalya M from Odessa

Boris (Baruch) and Natalya M from Odessa

Boris – known as Baruch – and Natalya made Aliyah with their six children – sons Menachem, Efraim, and Shmuel and daughters Rivka, Ester, and Bat Sheva. The couple is well known in the Jewish community in Odessa where Baruch is head of the local synagogue and a...

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Youth Aliyah

Youth Aliyah

Patricia Z, Lea S, Ester Carla, and Leonardo M from Rio de Janeiro. These four young people gained authorization from the Jewish Agency to make their aliyah in June 2020.  They have been waiting to leave since February when they already received the green light from...

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Alena and Evgenii M from Khabarovsk

Alena and Evgenii M from Khabarovsk

Alena and Evgenii came from Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East.  They were making Aliyah along with their son, Alexei.  They are a very interesting, strong family from a village background. Nevertheless, they chose repatriation to Israel. Khabarovsk used to be the...

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Yosif Sh from Odessa

Yosif Sh from Odessa

While Yosif’s wife was alive they didn’t think about repatriation. They lived very modestly and had enough from their pensions. But after her death Yosif decided to make his Aliyah.  Yosif is 75 and his sister who lives in Israel has invited him to come live with her....

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Leonardo and Sheila W from Rio de Janeiro

Leonardo and Sheila W from Rio de Janeiro

Leonardo and Sheila made Aliyah along with their daughters Priscila and Caroline.  It is Priscila who shares her story: “My name is Priscila and I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I’m making Aliyah with my parents and also my sister, Caroline. Aliyah for me means a...

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Oleg G from Krvoi Rog

Oleg G from Krvoi Rog

“I live only with my grandmother in Krivoi Rog.  I do not have parents.  I don’t see any prospects for myself here, so I decided to repatriate.  I have many friends who have left for various programs in Israel.  In 2018 I visited Israel on the Taglit program.  I...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Laurent and Izabelle F from Marseille, France

Laurent and Izabelle F from Marseille, France

Laurent and Izabelle made aliyah with 3 of their children (Samuel, Ethan and Ora) in July 2019 – our first family from France! Laurent and Izabelle heard about Ezra France through an advertisement in the magazine published by the Jewish Community in Marseille.  They...

Aleksandr and Irina F from Tiraspol, Moldova

Aleksandr and Irina F from Tiraspol, Moldova

Aleksandr’s surname in Yiddish means ‘the sparkling, shining, stone’.  Aleksandr was born in December 1978 and made aliyah with his wife, Irina. Aleksandr didn’t know his grandparents, but he knows that the family comes from his great-grandmother Chai-Sura and...

Tamara and Esther L from Sao Paulo

Tamara and Esther L from Sao Paulo

Sisters Tamara and Esther from Sao Paulo made Aliyah together. Tamara tells their story: “Aliyah for us means to have a new opportunity in life, to grow and to develop.” “My sister and I made the decision to make Aliyah as life in Brazil is not easy and also because...

Sergei and Snezhana Y from Krivoi Rog

Sergei and Snezhana Y from Krivoi Rog

Sergei and Snezhana made Aliyah along with their daughters, Anastasia and Valeria. Sergei tells their story: “It is our dream to go to Israel. My wife has relatives who have been in Israel for more than 20 years. Our eldest daughter has already graduated from school...

Koba and Nina L from Tbilisi

Koba and Nina L from Tbilisi

Koba tells their story: “Israel is ours and we have to be there! This is more than words for me – it’s also our emotions. We love Israel.” “There are many things happening in this world now. I was brought up and raised as a Georgian. It is very difficult for me to...

Dinah N from Sao Paulo

Dinah N from Sao Paulo

Dinah tells her story: “My name is Dinah, I´m from São Paulo. I have family in Brazil, but I always wanted to live in Israel. Aliyah for me means a return to a wonderful country which I can call ‘my home’. I decided earlier this year to make Aliyah because I love...

Vira Z from Kherson

Vira Z from Kherson

Vira Tells her story: “My Dad made Aliyah twenty years ago and now is seriously ill and I am going to care for him. I am originally from Crimea and, due to the war and the occupation of Crimea, living there is getting worse every day.” “My parents divorced when I was...

Igor S from Mariupol

Igor S from Mariupol

“I just made the decision to leave a month ago!! Before that I was a little afraid of change but now I realise that in Ukraine I wasn’t doing anything, the country is heading for the abyss and getting worse and worse every year. There are no prospects, little work –...

Irina S from Tbilisi

Irina S from Tbilisi

Thanks to Irina’s Jewish roots that stem from her Ukrainian grandmother, she is able to make Aliyah. She said she is very happy about that. Irina said: “You know if it wasn’t for Ezra, I really don’t know how I would have done everything. I had the visa in my hands...

Jacob and Edilamar S from Belem, North Brazil

Jacob and Edilamar S from Belem, North Brazil

“My name is Jacob from the city of Belem in the North of Brazil. My family (wife Edilamar and son Iago) had a strong desire to live in Israel. We have a dream of living in peace, with security and dignity, and we know that Israel offers us good conditions as...

Natalya and Dmitri M from Tbilisi, Georgia

Natalya and Dmitri M from Tbilisi, Georgia

Natalya tells the young couple’s story:“My husband and I are a couple who love a challenge! We want to change our life. We have overcome a lot of stress and want to have a better life for our family. My grandmother always told me that Israel is our land. This...

Vladimir and Alla K from Kiev

Vladimir and Alla K from Kiev

Vladimir tells the couple’s story: “For me, making Aliyah is the only hope to live longer as I am now suffering from an incurable disease. There is hope that in Israel, where the medicine and doctors are more advanced, they can help me. Sometimes they do...

Irina and Sergei M from Stefanova, Bulgaria

Irina and Sergei M from Stefanova, Bulgaria

Irina and Sergei made Aliyah along with their daughter Eva. Eva has a number of serious health issues and the family are hoping for better health care in Israel. Volunteers from a local church brought the family from their village of Stefanova to the...

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