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In honor of Israel’s 70th year, we asked our alumni in Israel to share their aliyah story. Read Ruby Karzen’s (’55) 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?

1985 at 47 years old

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

Both the Academy and Bnei Akiva taught me Zionist values

What was your path to aliyah like?

So many of my friends did make Aliyah in the 60’s, and when I married Jay Karzen in 1956, we wanted to also. However, I was 18 1/2 and my father said “no!” At that time one listened to one’s parents! We did come 30 years later!

Did you serve in the IDF? 

I did not serve, but, our son, Uri Karzen came and was a lone soldier when the category did not even exist!

What has been the most rewarding about living in Israel?

Taking an active part in Jewish History, and being part of the tapestry that is the Jewish people.

What is the most challenging part of making aliyah?

Thirty three years of learning to think differently about the world and my role and keeping my sense of humor in the face of major differences in the culture in which I was raised. Of course, the world is a totally different place, no matter where you live.

What do you do professionally?

Interior design/contractor

What is your advice for our students today?

Come as quickly as you can band be a part of the most exciting and rewarding development in world history.

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