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Stories from the Field

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

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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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Maia and Kakha T from Gori

Maia and Kakha T from Gori

“Israel is a very promising country, and my Jewish roots allow me to go there with my husband Kakha and son, Sergo.  Israel is my ancient homeland.” “We live very poorly here in Georgia and that pushed us towards the idea of making aliyah.  Here in Georgia, we tried...

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Alan and Dalia R from Buenos Aires

Alan and Dalia R from Buenos Aires

“We are Alan and Dalia from Buenos Aires, Argentina and we are making aliyah with our small daughter, Tamara. Aliyah is to fulfill a dream that is ours, as well as that of our ancestors who could not fulfill it.  I (Alan) made the decision by talking as a family,...

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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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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...

Nani and Mikheil B from Tbilisi

Nani and Mikheil B from Tbilisi

“My husband and I both have health problems and we are making Aliyah hoping to recover in Israel. Many of our relatives and family members are already there. Our daughter and grandchild will join us later”. “At one time we were living quite well in Georgia but as the...

Luiz and Helena L from Rio de Janeiro

Luiz and Helena L from Rio de Janeiro

“My name is Helena and I’m making Aliyah with my husband, Luiz, daughter, Thayanni, and son, Theo. We are from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil”.“Aliyah, for us, means a fresh start! We have high expectations of improvement in our quality of life. We want to be closer to our...

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...

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 –...

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