In honor of Israel’s 70th year, we asked our alumni in Israel to share their aliyah story.  Read Don Kates(’65) 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?

1987 . I was 38.

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

During my high school years, I was active in Bnei Akiva.

Did you serve in the IDF or in sheirut leumi? If so, what was that like?
I tried to get into the IDF, but I was too old.

What was your path to aliyah like?

During my post-high school year on Bnei Akiva Hachshara in Kibbutz Yavneh, I made the decision to come on aliyah.

What has been the most rewarding about living in Israel?

I feel every day that I am home.

What is the most challenging part of making aliyah?

Getting used to a different mentality.

Where do you live now?

Raanana

What do you do professionally?

Director of Development, Yeshivat Hakotel

What is your advice for our students today?

You can make it here!