The Land in which the Torah was Meant to Be Lived
In honor of Israel’s 70th year, we asked our alumni in Israel to share their aliyah story. Read Judy (Dorevitch) Simon’s (’83) 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?
1994 when I was 28
Did your experience in high school influence your decision to make aliyah and if so, how?
I believe it did. Israel was seen as a positive goal (though not required) for every Jew.
What was your path to aliyah like?
What has been the most rewarding about living in Israel?
Living a full Jewish life in a country where Jewish life is the majority. Celebrating Jewish holidays that are national holidays. Living in the land of the Tanach, about which I had learned in school.
What is the most challenging part of making aliyah?
Feeling comfortable in Hebrew, adapting to the culture, finding the right community for us (B”H we have succeeded in all three!)
What do you do professionally?
English teacher for Israeli students
What is your advice for our students today?