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The Challenges and Triumphs of Student-Aliyah


Jewish Agency for Israel volunteers at an aliyah event

Jewish Agency for Israel volunteers at an aliyah event
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“We both have strong career aspirations and are real planners,” Mostow said. “We just need to get hired from the connections we already have there.”

Organizations like Nefesh B’Nefesh provide olim with a multitude of networks, connecting them to employers across the country. For many, making aliyah is about fulfilling a dream.

“It’s all emotional, [the decision to make Aliyah],” said Seckel. “When I’m there, I’m just so happy; it’s overwhelming.”

“Israel is still establishing itself in so many ways, and I feel a strong responsibility as a Jew to be a part of that process,” said Mostow.

Family and Friends

Students who are planning aliyah say the most difficult part of the decision is leaving family and friends behind. “Having the parents’ support, working with them and keeping them involved will make the process much better for everyone,” Aricha said.

“It’s very much a new thing for them,” said Coven. “They are sad that I’ll be far away, that they won’t see me as much, and that they won’t see their grandchildren very much.

“I know that deep down they will be proud of me no matter what,” he continued. “Once I can show them that I can succeed and make a good life for myself, I know they will be proud.”

Aricha, who works closely with campus advocates for Israel and tries to help those who are considering aliyah, stressed that making aliyah is a very personal decision, and not a simple one. “I admire the students that even think about making aliyah,” he said. “It’s a very hard and serious decision and even considering it is a very impressive thing.”

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