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Stories from the Field

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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