Each spring, Israel commemorates three significant days: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror), and Yom Ha’atzmaut. This is an extremely intense period of time for Israelis.
I made Aliyah in January 2004 at the age of 26, joining my brother and sister who had made Aliyah before me. I was at a crossroads in my career: either I would continue to push my career as a fashion designer in South Africa or make Aliyah and begin a new life in Israel.
I made Aliyah in January 2003, at the age of 23, together with two friends from England after we graduated from university.
Growing up in a small Jewish community in Newcastle, I was extremely involved and active in Bnei Akiva and Aliyah was always on my radar. I yearned to live in Israel where the Jewish calendar is an integral part of life.
Neil Shore, a software engineer from Philadelphia, made Aliyah in summer 2017 with his wife at the age of 62. Aware of the profound ageism in Israel, Neil realized that it would take tenacity and confidence to find a job. I spoke to Neil to find out how at the age of 63 he managed to find a job in the hi-tech sector just ten months after arriving in Israel.