Joining an Ulpan is like joining a gym – you will only see results if you put the work in (and you have to sweat to see the real results!). There are various options for learning Hebrew before you make Aliyah, but you need to be willing to exercise your Hebrew “muscles” if you are going to make progress.
Living in Israel has been anything but stagnant, anything but monotonous. From walking in the middle of car-free streets on Yom Kippur, to delivering pizzas to soldiers on the Gaza border. The powerful and complex moments of a lifetime anywhere else in the world occur in just one month in Israel.
By Sorelle Weinstein
It is difficult for me to understand my preteen yearnings to live in Israel but my desire to make Aliyah was deeply ingrained in me before I even had the vocabulary to articulate why. As a child Israel spoke to my senses. I remember the sweetness of inhaling the country. I remember the feeling of safety and love when seeing a chayal in green on Egged buses.
I was the biggest homebody. I had lived in the same house my entire life. The thought of making Aliyah – leaving the comfort of my childhood home in Plainview, New York – and living and studying at Ulpan Etzion in Jerusalem was terrifying to me.
When considering Aliyah, a big question that comes up for families is how to ensure a successful Aliyah and transition for your children. For each family the transition to Israel will be slightly different but there are several steps that can be taken ahead of Aliyah to make the move smoother and easier on your kids.
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