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The experience of Aliyah provides a new Oleh with countless opportunities to reflect, emote, absorb and appreciate. Hear from Benjamin Casper as he shares the moving experience of attending his first Kitah Aleph Ceremony.
I’ve been living in Beit Choron for about 6 months, and my wife has lived on the Yishuv her whole life. I fell in love with it the first time I visited. They actually have a brand new project with apartments for sale.
We moved into Kiryat Hasharon a year ago, after living in several communities around the country including Jerusalem and Haifa. We never really felt like we had a community until now. The community was very welcoming upon our arrival, we were invited out for a load of Shabbat meals and we finally felt like we had somewhere we could call home.
Kochav Yaakov and Tel Tzion are two communities in the same yishuv. We originally moved to Tel Tzion 9 years ago and really loved it, but when we were looking to downsize 5 years ago the best house we found for what we were looking for was in Kochav Yaakov. I already knew many of the people in Kochav Yaakov because the communities kind of overlapped, and I knew that it was a nice mix of people where you didn't have to fit a mold to fit in. And the price was right.
On February 14th, 2016, Here Next Year and [...]
If you happen to be strolling around the downtown streets of Jerusalem, you may run into Tovah Presser’s studio. Tovah is a glass artist and ceramicist, who is following her passion of ceramics and glasswork, and making it her career.
Who doesn’t guiltily sit in front of their computer every now and them to take a “Which Ice Cream Flavor Are You?” type-quiz? These bites of online entertainment have become a fun part of our everyday lives as we interact on social media. Little do we know- Playbuzz, an Israeli startup, is the format creator of much of this style’s online content we interact with on a daily basis!
Let’s face it. In this day and age, if you can’t use a computer, it’s hard to get by! Although the concept of technology may be easy for some, for many elderly people, it is hard to wrap their head around. Rochelle Gilbert has decided to change that one client at a time. Travelling around Jerusalem, Rochelle offers private computer lessons, mainly to elderly citizens.
Baking cakes may sound easy, but wait until you see the creations of Devorah Altman, and you will think twice! Devorah transformed her home in Bet Shemesh into “The Kosher Cakery,” a bakery that provides customized cakes, cupcakes and cookies to people across Israel. Think “Ace of Cakes” with a Middle Eastern twist-- The Kosher Cakery bakes up people’s dreams with delicious cakes, frostings, and elaborate decorations!
I am not a hi-tech person at all but every time I go to the Gav-Yam Advanced Technologies Park in Be’er Sheva, I am truly inspired. Just from the parking lot I get views of the lovely residential neighborhood of Ramot, the impressive Negev Brigade Memorial, and the recently completed bridge connecting the park to the train station and Ben Gurion University. I find it amazing that I’ve watched an area go from nothing to something before my very eyes.
“So here’s my challenge to you: If you’ve ever had one of those transcendent moments in Israel; if you love Israel and appreciate the beauty and importance of Jews living there; if you’ve ever daydreamed about making Israel your home - then find out what the smallest possible next step is, and take it. No giant leaps - just one step.”
The vision that comes to mind when one thinks of a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is usually bold and heroic. Young men and women bravely defending their homeland and the future of the Jewish people.
Meet Marc Rosenberg, Director of the Pre-Aliyah Department, Nefesh B’Nefesh Marc began working at Nefesh B’Nefesh seven years ago and his role has grown and developed significantly in that time.
I made Aliyah in 2008 after my "year in Israel." I knew it was now or never--I was 19 years old, just at the right age to make adult decisions without the adult responsibilities. Nefesh B'Nefesh made my Aliyah process very smooth and I soon joined the Hesder program of my Yeshiva, and enlisted in the Paratroopers Brigade.
Two weeks before my flight I panicked, but I wouldn’t dare tell anyone that I had thoughts of backing out. Somehow I got over the fear, or was too chicken to admit to my friends and family that I was thinking of staying, and I got on the plane to Israel.