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In honor of Israel’s 70th year, we asked our alumni in Israel to share their aliyah story. Read Janice Waldman (’71) 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?

2013 at 60 years old.

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

Of course. Having the privilege of a Jewish Zionistic education had a profound influence on all of my life decisions. I’m grateful for the time spent at the Academy and how its teachers, its education, and most of all my fellow students impacted my life.

What was your path to aliyah like?

No major life change goes without hiccups, but generally my path to Aliyah was smooth and one of the most rewarding and inspiring events of my life.

Did you serve in the IDF? 

No, however I volunteer weekly in the army and have initiated various fund raising events to acquire safety equipment for our chayalim and general items and support for our chayalim bodadim.

What has been the most rewarding about living in Israel?

Living a Jewish life in a Jewish country. I feel enriched, inspired, proud, and home.

What is the most challenging part of making aliyah?

Ha! Driving!

Where do you live now?

What do you do professionally?


What is your advice for our students today?

Don’t ever give up your dreams.

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