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In honor of Israel’s 70th year, we asked our alumni in Israel to share their aliyah story. Read Judy Grossman’s (’68) story below. Click here to return to the whole page of olim who submitted responses.

What year did you make aliyah and how old were you?

1973 at 22 years old

Did your experience in high school influence your decision to make aliyah and if so, how?

No, my home and Bnei Akiva were the major influences in my making aliyah.

What was your path to aliyah like?

It was a learning experience with trials and adjustments but it has been filled with much happiness and satisfaction.

Did you serve in the IDF? 

No, but after high school I spent a year on Hachshara on Kibbutz Yavneh.

What has been the most rewarding about living in Israel?

Building a בית נאמן בישראל with first and second generation sabras.

What is the most challenging part of making aliyah?

Dealing with all the differences.

What do you do professionally?

Today I am retired but worked as part of the office staff in Yeshivat Birkat Moshe for over 27 years.

What is your advice for our students today?

Follow your dreams.

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