In honor of Israel’s 70th year, we asked our alumni in Israel to share their aliyah story.  Read Kineret Meyer (’63) 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?

1971. I was 25 years old.

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

The Academy was always very Israel-oriented. My experiences in high school were supplemented by activity in Bnei Akiva and at Camp Moshava.

What was your path to aliyah like?

I made aliyah with my late husband (Lorry Meyer z”l, graduated 1960) and baby daughter. Although it was not easy at first (we lived in a one and half room apartment in an absorption center), we persevered and had a wonderful and fulfilling life in Israel.

What has been the most rewarding about living in Israel?

Living in a vibrant, young country, and actively taking part in this chapter of Jewish history.

What is the most challenging part of making aliyah?

Differences in mentality

Where do you live now?

Jerusalem

What do you do professionally?

Retired English professor

What is your advice for our students today?

Keep in mind this quotation from 19th century American philosopher, Henry David Thoreau: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” The dream of aliyah is a wonderful dream. Now plan carefully and prepare yourselves personally and professionally in order to realize the dream.