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Rescue, Return, Restore – Poor Jewish People to Israel

Stories from the Field

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

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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. ...

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Lela and Paata B from Gori, Georgia

Lela and Paata B from Gori, Georgia

Lela is making Aliyah with her husband Paata and two children – daughter Nato and son Nika.  Lela tells their story: “I have been waiting for this for a long time and I know that in this strange time worldwide my family is taking the right steps in going to Israel. ...

Evgenii and Elena P from Tiraspol

Evgenii and Elena P from Tiraspol

“Many families who decide to repatriate to Israel are concerned about the question: where to start? One way or another, in order to successfully assimilate into a new environment, it is important to honestly answer yourself a couple of questions: Do I really want to...

David G from Sumgant (Azerbaijan)

David G from Sumgant (Azerbaijan)

“I decided already a long time ago to make Aliyah but, somehow, I couldn’t leave.  I am Jewish.  My relatives have always told me that I should move to Israel.  To be honest I wasn’t drawn to it and therefore somehow didn’t dare to take that step.  I married an...

Tatyana T from Sevastopol

Tatyana T from Sevastopol

“I thought about Israel from time to time, especially when I again felt a negative attitude towards me because of my Jewishness.  I don’t have big problems due to anti-Semitism but sometimes I feel a very strong desire to be in a society where I can feel 100% at ease...

Tinatin and Tengiz P from Tbilisi

Tinatin and Tengiz P from Tbilisi

Tinatin made Aliyah along with her husband Tengiz and daughter Liza. “All I know about Israel is from my Mom and it became a little dream that my family and I could become a part of that country.  We have a small child and as we are young and able to work hard, we...

Benjamin Z from Buenos Aires

Benjamin Z from Buenos Aires

My name is Bejamin and I was born in Buenos Aires in 1958.  I am a descendant of a family of settlers from Russia who arrived in Moises Ville in 1898 with the great migration to the lands of Baron Hirsch.  From that colony almost everyone migrated to Rosario and later...

Bruno C from Porto Alegre

Bruno C from Porto Alegre

My name is Bruno, I am from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Aliyah for me means to ascend spiritually and also personal evolution. I aim to do become a Rabbi. The difficulties in making aliyah are leaving family, friends and memories, but I have had problems with anti-Semitism...

Gvantsa and Salome M from Tbilisi

Gvantsa and Salome M from Tbilisi

Gvantsa and Salome are sisters making Aliyah together.  Gvantsa tells their story: “Israel is our dream country and our roots are there.  Not only our ancestors are from Israel, but our parents live there, and we want to be close to them. So, while we are young, we...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Nikoloz and Sophio G from Tbilisi

Nikoloz and Sophio G from Tbilisi

Nikoloz made Aliyah with his wife Sophio and son, Aleksandre.  He tells their story. “I think the main reason for our leaving is poverty.  I was always busy and working as a distributor in different companies but was never paid enough!  All that I earned was used just...

Maria S from Sao Paulo

Maria S from Sao Paulo

“My name is Maria de Fátima, I´m from, São Paulo, Brazil. I am making Aliyah with my Aunt and Uncle. Aliyah, for me, it means living in Israel with the people I love. I want to be close to these people who are dear to me.”  “In São Paulo I faced some problems with...

Eva and Leonid Ch from Kiev

Eva and Leonid Ch from Kiev

“My husband and I are both purebred Jews.  I am now 80 years old and he is 9 years older than me.  He will turn 90 this year!  This year will also be a special anniversary of our life together – we have been married for 60 years!  We live modestly.  We had no savings...

Damiana C from Sao Paulo

Damiana C from Sao Paulo

“My name is Damiana, I´m from, São Paulo, Brazil. I am fulfilling my dream of making aliyah, for the love of Israel, for the love of Torah and for the love of the people. My dream is to achieve a better future in every way.” “I learned about Ezra's work in the...

Benjamin and Mazal A from Marseille, France

Benjamin and Mazal A from Marseille, France

Benjamin and Mazal A from Marseille, France Benjamin and his wife, Mazal, are making Aliyah along with their 3 daughters – Odelia, Neoray and Tali Sarah and their 2 sons – Aviel and Yaniv.  Mazal tells their story: We are making Aliyah because it is very important to...

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