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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?

1972 at 17 years old

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

Mainly my Bnei Akiva experience during high school and being able to participate in tochnit yud gimel influenced my decision to make aliyah.

What was your path to aliyah like?

I came to Israel in January during my senior year for tochnit yud gimel. Loved the work-study program on kibbutz and had to stay. My parents were supportive.

Did you serve in the IDF? 

Yes, I was in the IDF in Nahal corp. It was 1973 during the Yom Kippur war. It was intense and definitely helped me integrate into Israel society while serving my country.

What has been the most rewarding about living in Israel?

Being and raising my family in a Jewish country.

What is the most challenging part of making aliyah?

The most challenging part of making aliyah was leaving my close and extended family in the States and essentially being on my own at a young age. I was lucky that I chose to study a profession (that I love to this day!) that enabled me to be independent and give to society.

What do you do professionally?

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

What is your advice for our students today?

Enjoy your high school years. Follow your dreams. Education can be done here is Israel just as well as in the states. It is best if you convince your family to make aliyah too!

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