Meet Donna Hurwitz, Director of the Go Beyond Southern Region. Donna is an ardent gardener, mother of four, and enjoys a good cup of coffee while watching the Negev sunrise.
Donna had the unique opportunity of experiencing Aliyah twice. First, she experienced her own Aliyah as a 10-year-old girl from West Orange, New Jersey when her family moved to Givatayim, Israel. She got to experience it again years later alongside her husband when he made Aliyah as an adult from Cleveland, Ohio to Jerusalem.
In 2013, Donna and her family decided to make “Aliyah L’Negev” and move to Israel’s South. She was pleasantly surprised by what she found waiting for her there.
“Moving from the Tel-Aviv area to the South was a myth shattering experience. While I knew that my quality of life would improve, I had expected to find a sleepy South. Instead, I found it alive and kicking. New infrastructure, hi- tech, innovation and burgeoning new communities have created an abundance of opportunities in this region.”
Donna loves helping others discover the wonders and opportunities she found waiting for her in Israel’s blooming and flourishing desert.
“I wake up every morning to the most incredible desert vista, drop off the kids and drive 25 minutes into Be’er Sheva to work with the most dedicated, dynamic and talented team on keeping our Southern Oleh community flourishing.
In her work for Nefesh B’Nefesh, Donna encourages Olim to think big, go beyond, and consider an “out of the box” Aliyah experience. “Allow yourself to be surprised from all Israel has to offer.”
Join Donna at the Nefesh B’Nefesh 2018 Mega events to hear more about the opportunities the South has to offer and why the #negevisnow.