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Stories from the Field

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

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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...

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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 –...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Ekaterina and Sergei T from Bender

Ekaterina and Sergei T from Bender

Ekaterina and Sergei T from BenderEkaterina and Sergei made Aliyah with their sons Sergei and Artem and their daughter, Eleonora. Ekaterina tells their story:I was born in May 1986, the granddaughter of a Jew – making me entitled to repatriation under Israel’s Law of...

Vladimir and Maria R from St Petersburg

Vladimir and Maria R from St Petersburg

Vladimir and Maria made Aliyah along with their daughter, Maya.  Vladimir tells their story: “Aliyah for our family is more than just moving to another country.  We consider Israel to be our home – so Aliyah for us is returning home!” “The idea of making Aliyah came...

Felix and Pascale T from Marseille

Felix and Pascale T from Marseille

Felix and Pascale made Aliyah from France with their 3 children – daughters Jessica and Noemie, and son, Yoni. Felix explains their decision:“Making Aliyah is important to us as we want to be surrounded by our family. We decided to make Aliyah for the future of our...

Irma and Tamaz N from Gori

Irma and Tamaz N from Gori

Irma and Tamaz made Aliyah with their son, Temuri and daughter, Elene.  Irma tells their story: “If I had known in 2008 that I had the chance to go to Israel I would have done that.  But, it’s never too late and after 10 months taking the steps towards this I’m...

Anna P from Kiev

Anna P from Kiev

“I always have had the desire to live in my homeland but difficulties in life held me back – including health issues.  However, loneliness and health have both worsened.  My blindness does not allow me to live a full life.  I want now to be near my grandson – a year...

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